The Handmaid's Tale
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In this dystopian fable, a librarian wife and mother becomes the childbearing pawn of a Christian theocracy. In the near future, as war rages across the fictional North American Republic of Gilead and pollution has rendered 99 percent of the female population sterile, Kate (Natasha Richardson) sees her husband killed and her daughter kidnapped while trying to escape across the border. Kate herself is transformed into a handmaid -- a surrogate mother for one of the privileged but barren couples who run the country's fundamentalist regime. Although she resists being indoctrinated into the… More
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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, Filmcritic.com
"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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