On Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season earned positive reviews from 67% of 30 critics, with an average rating of 7.18/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Elizabeth Moss is better than ever, but scattershot plotting and an overbearing sense of doom may prove too grim for some viewers to really enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale’s fourth season.”
According to Metacritic, which collected 14 reviews and calculated an average score of 60, the season received “mixed or average reviews”. Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave it a “C+” grade and wrote that the series “delivers on some long-delayed promises, but ultimately it’s too little, too late.”
Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe wrote, “the dystopian drama has exceeded the natural lifespan of its story, as it plows forward with nothing new to say, tinkling cymbals and sounding brass.” In a more positive review from Jen Chaney of Vulture, she wrote, “Thankfully, season four finally regains some momentum and forward motion. Based on the eight out of ten total episodes made available to critics, this is the best The Handmaid’s Tale has been since its first season.”
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