The Handmaid's Tale Reviews & Ratings

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Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel, this is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.
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Apr 27, 2017 1:51PM EDT
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There is more fight and light in this series than I expected, but don't get it twisted: this is some rough stuff. From the start, you're immersed in a world of fear, struggle, and heartbreak. In the new theocratic republic of Gilead, Offred must suppress her inner rebel to survive as a handmaid ("two-legged womb") to a powerful commander. We also see her life "before," when she was a carefree student, then a new mom. And we see glimpses of the country's transition. It's terrifyingly realistic. It's extraordinarily compelling TV.

There is more fight and light in this series than I expected, but don't get it twisted: this is some rough stuff. From the start, you're immersed in a world of fear, struggle, and heartbreak. In the new theocratic republic of Gilead, Offred must suppress her inner rebel to survive as a handmaid ("two-legged womb") to a powerful commander. We also see her life "before," when she was a carefree student, then a new mom. And we see glimpses of the country's transition. It's terrifyingly realistic. It's extraordinarily compelling TV.

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Apr 26, 2017 6:23PM EDT
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“It’s not only a feminist story, it’s also a human story.” Margaret Atwood, 2017 Think this can't happen? Just watch. What's extraordinary and horrifying is how current its issues are to all of us. THT pulls no punches - or slaps (Atwood cameo).Exposition is done brilliantly in the form of Elisabeth Moss' flashbacks and narration. Heard and seen only by the viewer, her thoughts help us understand what is happening, has happened and how. I'm only just at the start of episode two but this is an extraordinary show, one that will stay in my mind for a very long time. As has the book.

“It’s not only a feminist story, it’s also a human story.” Margaret Atwood, 2017

“It’s not only a feminist story, it’s also a human story.” Margaret Atwood, 2017 Think this can't happen? Just watch. What's extraordinary and horrifying is how current its issues are to all of us. THT pulls no punches - or slaps (Atwood cameo).Exposition is done brilliantly in the form of Elisabeth Moss' flashbacks and narration. Heard and seen only by the viewer, her thoughts help us understand what is happening, has happened and how. I'm only just at the start of episode two but this is an extraordinary show, one that will stay in my mind for a very long time. As has the book.

“It’s not only a feminist story, it’s also a human story.” Margaret Atwood, 2017

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May 4, 2017 11:04AM EDT
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Absolutely brutal to watch but its addictive, i want to know more and i have to keep watching. Such a good premise, i cant wait to find out more about their world and how it so quickly fell to shit.

Absolutely brutal to watch but its addictive, i want to know more and i have to keep watching. Such a good premise, i cant wait to find out more about their world and how it so quickly fell to shit.

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Apr 29, 2017 5:30PM EDT
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Heartbreaking, gruesome, powerful, strong. Must watch for everyone.

Heartbreaking, gruesome, powerful, strong. Must watch for everyone.

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Apr 26, 2017 5:31PM EDT
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OMG! This show is so sick! It shows us how our freedom can be so fragile and it is so adequate in our times,

OMG! This show is so sick! It shows us how our freedom can be so fragile and it is so adequate in our times,

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May 2, 2018 11:58AM EDT
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Any series that makes me this emotional, either with tears or pure rage, has my 5 star votes.
Everyone should watch this! I know, you'll tell me it's fiction. In these U.S. of A, I can't say that it's really unfathomable because I thought many things were unthinkable nowadays and I got it wrong. I always disliked the ultra-religious "human beings" that pick and choose from the bible whatever suits their perverted minds but this is a different level. The series is amazing, can't recommend it highly enough!

Any series that makes me this emotional, either with tears or pure rage, has my 5 star votes.
Everyone should watch this! I know, you'll tell me it's fiction. In these U.S. of A, I can't say that it's really unfathomable because I thought many things were unthinkable nowadays and I got it wrong. I always disliked the ultra-religious "human beings" that pick and choose from the bible whatever suits their perverted minds but this is a different level. The series is amazing, can't recommend it highly enough!

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Dec 22, 2017 2:11PM EST
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As a woman, this show seems more like it should be in the horror genre rather than drama. Excellent acting by the cast and crazy good storytelling and directing.

As a woman, this show seems more like it should be in the horror genre rather than drama. Excellent acting by the cast and crazy good storytelling and directing.

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May 10, 2017 12:12AM EDT
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A very powerful story. The writing and casting are fantastic. This show is highly addictive and a must watch in my book.

A very powerful story. The writing and casting are fantastic. This show is highly addictive and a must watch in my book.

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Apr 30, 2017 7:06PM EDT
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So Far... Fabulous! It's really sticking close to the book, which I like, and it's not only cool because it's current, but it is so poignant with everything going on in the states. It really shows how easily and quickly people's individual rights can be taken away when they give up they're freedoms and privacy out of a fear of terrorism. This is such an important series to see. It really shows what can happen when as a society tolerance is replaced by fascism. I am amazed at how amazing this is going, so much so I just had to say something. :) Yay! Margret Atwood! Good for you!

So Far... Fabulous! It's really sticking close to the book, which I like, and it's not only cool because it's current, but it is so poignant with everything going on in the states. It really shows how easily and quickly people's individual rights can be taken away when they give up they're freedoms and privacy out of a fear of terrorism. This is such an important series to see. It really shows what can happen when as a society tolerance is replaced by fascism. I am amazed at how amazing this is going, so much so I just had to say something. :) Yay! Margret Atwood! Good for you!

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by tyma38
Jun 7, 2017 10:02AM EDT
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There is an election tomorrow June 8th 2017, the current Prime Minister in the UK has promised that if she wins, she will change some of the human rights laws hat currently governs us due to the fact that the UK has had three terror attacks in the last few months.

I have only just finished watching episode 3, I however despair realising how easy it is to give up our rights and freedoms for the promise (made by governments) to keep us safe because of FEAR/TERROR. It's frog boiling isn't it. It won't be done at once, it will be gradual.

“If you give up your freedom for safety, you don't deserve either one.”-Benjamin Franklin

There is an election tomorrow June 8th 2017, the current Prime Minister in the UK has promised that if she wins, she will change some of the human rights laws hat currently governs us due to the fact that the UK has had three terror attacks in the last few months.

I have only just finished watching episode 3, I however despair realising how easy it is to give up our rights and freedoms for the promise (made by governments) to keep us safe because of FEAR/TERROR. It's frog boiling isn't it. It won't be done at once, it will be gradual.

“If you give up your freedom for safety, you don't deserve either one.”-Benjamin Franklin