The Handmaid's Tale
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Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale gets a suitably eerie adaptation from director Volker Schlondorff and screenwriter Harold Pinter. Set sometime in the near future, the film takes place in the New Republic of Gilead--the former United States--renamed by a group of Christian fundamentalists after they gained control of the government. A chemical accident has left most women barren, and the fertile females must become "handmaidens" to the wealthy--they must bear children for the ruling class. The film follows one woman (Natasha Richardson) who attempts to leave the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"overblown paranoid crap based on same."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"This film adaptation of Margaret Atwood's bestselling 1986 novel heralds freedom as a cherished ideal."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Pretentious, self-righteous melodrama about the evils of patriarchy"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Uneven yet still gripping"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Harold Pinter's adaptation has its powerful moments, but ultimately the narrowing of the novel's scope dilutes the story's message too much."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
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