Promising Young Woman Reviews

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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 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
A smart, provocative, pitch-black dark comedy and revenge movie with an astonishingly powerful, deeply layered performance by Carey Mulligan as Cassie...
January 14, 2021
Promising Young Woman is more profoundly a devastating reflection of a woman consumed with grief.
January 14, 2021
Fennell builds a backward fantasy that feels ultimately cathartic in a very real way, but where its opening tone comes across as far too light for the palpable gravity of its ending.
January 14, 2021
Whatever its flaws, "Promising Young Woman" really goes for it, and that makes it thrilling to watch.
January 13, 2021
It's a film that neatly avoids any trace of didacticism. Produced by LuckyChap Productions, the Los Angeles-based company run by Margot Robbie and her partners, it takes an acutely satirical tilt at its targets with a deadpan tone.
January 13, 2021
Even when you think "Promising Young Woman" is over, Fennell isn't done putting its characters - or her audience - through their paces.
January 13, 2021
Perfectly directed, perfectly cast, perfectly written and with a soundtrack to die for, Promising Young Woman is already film of the year.
January 12, 2021
Around 10 minutes into Emerald Fennell's blistering Promising Young Woman, I realized that it would be one of my favorite movies.
January 12, 2021
Startling - the only way to describe Fennell's vision and execution in this, her directorial debut. And, sensational - a word that only begins to capture Carey Mulligan's lead performance.
January 9, 2021
This is an intelligent, gripping, important film, from first frame to last.
January 4, 2021
I just adored this film. I think it's incredibly smart.
December 29, 2020
Fennell is a fearsome sensibility and a talent to watch out for, and the arguments you may have after the lights come up will be well worth having.
December 29, 2020
Fennell hasn't hit a home run with Promising Young Woman, but she has crafted something that's more often delicious than unpalatable. The mixing of genres gives Promising Young Woman staying power.
December 28, 2020
The movie is sturdy and stylish, full of ideas and fun to watch, strange as it may seem to say. If it doesn't always maintain the sharp effectiveness of its opening, it's proof of a writer-director willing and able to stay ahead of the curve.
December 28, 2020
A darkly comic #MeToo revenge tale, the film is elevated by Carey Mulligan's mesmerizing performance, but winds up feeling undercooked in developing the narrative surrounding what's basically a feminist vigilante.
December 28, 2020
Promising Young Woman isn't demonizing anyone, and it's not about how the real baddies are hard to spot. It's about more widespread hypocrisies, about what behavior is collectively encouraged...
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
Thisis a female revenge thriller bathed in jet-black comedy, and Emerald Fennel's screenplay is utterly compelling. It can easily mess with your head, as it did with mine, and its climax is one of the most difficult scenes I've ever sat through
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