Promising Young Woman Reviews

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January 20, 2021
Dark comic nihilism like this has appealed to hipsters ever since Gus Van Sant's To Die For, but now it resembles regime change -- confirming a major fault of the indie film movement that traded populist sentiment for elitist cynicism.
January 19, 2021
Manipulative and nihilistic, it forces a ruthlessly honest performance from Carey Mulligan to play along with its provocative, booby-trapped plot that comes riddled with "gotcha" moments.
January 18, 2021
"A moderately engaging potboiler buttressed by a superlative performance from Mulligan, whose every scene unearths emotional depth not found in the screenplay."
January 16, 2021
This is lip-gloss misanthropy packaged as feminist manifesto, clever but not smart, cynical without being perceptive or particularly passionate. Women are angry for good reason. They also deserve better movies than this one.
January 16, 2021
There are problems with Promising Young Woman that no cello cover of Britney Spears's Toxic can paper over.
January 12, 2021
[Cassie's] whip-smart, clever and slightly unhinged -- and she deserves so much better than what she gets.
January 12, 2021
The back and forth between revenge and redemption feels like proof of uncertainty more than a critical component of Fennell's thesis, or worse, a lazily caustic tool for avoiding the consequences of her protagonist's actions altogether.
January 11, 2021
Promising Young Woman too frequently pulls its punches.
December 29, 2020
A grueling experience, but not for the reason intended.
December 29, 2020
"Promising Young Woman" ends up being more about Fennell's efforts to upend expectations and pull the rug from under viewer's feet than about the characters, who eventually get lost in the tonal-shift shuffle.
December 29, 2020
With a better script and pacing, however, the film would have risen above the predictable narrative that ultimately takes hold in its latter stages.
December 26, 2020
A muddled mélange of black comedy, revenge thriller and feminist lecture, "Promising Young Woman" too often backs away from its potentially searing setup.
December 25, 2020
A disastrously bad ending... leaves most of the film's themes muddy at best.
December 25, 2020
Fennell doesn't beat around the bush in pointing out just how not nice these "nice guys" are, but her message gets lost in translation.
December 24, 2020
For all its flash, "Promising Young Woman" lacks the courage of its convictions.
December 23, 2020
Just because the subject is important doesn't mean the movie's good.
December 23, 2020
It is good trash striving for something more respectable, and does not realize good trash can also have something to say.
December 21, 2020
A stab at would-be outrage that starts off with a potentially incendiary premise and proceeds to squander it with a screenplay that pulls its punches more often than a boxer throwing a fight.
December 17, 2020
Were it not for the presence of Carey Mulligan in the starring role, I'd give Promising Young Woman the shortest of shrifts as a festival of terrible acting (apart from her performance) and a stylized but airless polemic on a serious subject.
December 15, 2020
While I appreciated certain aspects of this highly stylized revenge tale, I ultimately found that it didn't have anything particularly interesting to say.
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