The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

overblown paranoid crap based on same.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This film adaptation of Margaret Atwood's bestselling 1986 novel heralds freedom as a cherished ideal.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Pretentious, self-righteous melodrama about the evils of patriarchy

Christopher Null

Uneven yet still gripping

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James Sanford
James Sanford on Film

Harold Pinter's adaptation has its powerful moments, but ultimately the narrowing of the novel's scope dilutes the story's message too much.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
The best thing to be said about this is that Natasha Richardson is really, really beautiful in the film. What a dull adaptation of a slightly less dull novel.
Mark Abell
The film adaptation of a dystopian future as envisaged by Margaret Atwood. Part morality tale, and part cautionary, told with a touch of intrigue. Natasha… More
Juli Ryan
The screenplay and the film fall short of Margaret Atwood's novel. It seems more like Lifetime porn than a disturbing look at a possible future.… More