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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The Handmaid's Tale is vicious, gripping, biting, political drama at its best, but I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that this is a show that hates America. It's a wonder there's not more fuss.
There's still enough going on in The Handmaid's Tale to keep it reasonably compelling, even though it's harder to ignore the sound of the ticking clock that strongly suggests this narrative needs to turn harder in some new directions, and soon
[It] sustains many of the qualities that first made the show such a talker (and award winner), with memorable performances and a fascinating vision of government oppression and cruelty in the name of God.
The elements that help the series transcend that air of repetition are as intact as ever. Elisabeth Moss remains electrifying... The storyline, as it appears from the early episodes of this season, is anchored in the dynamics of motherhood.
Handmaid's Tale may be useful cultural shorthand, and its imagery will send a powerful message for as long as there are outrages to protest. But the show has only a few things to say, in a world where forms of gendered oppression are many and various.
The six new episodes are littered with elements to admire and respect when you aren't bogged down in feeling like a show that once appeared to have a lot to say is no longer participating in the conversation on the same level.