Promising Young Woman Reviews

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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
December 25, 2020
Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman is the year's most explosively shocking and forcefully controversial debut. It is also one of its best films.
December 24, 2020
Fennell's film is a wish fulfillment revenge fantasy, and viewers who go along for the ride will be entertained. There is an undeniable pleasure in seeing Cassie get the best of men.
December 24, 2020
Emerald Fennell's outrageously entertaining feminist dark comedy is the year's smartest and angriest thriller, a feminist-fueled revenge flick that shocks and awes and tosses subtlety to the wind.
December 24, 2020
It doesn't all come together, though there's an undeniable thrill in seeing it come apart.
December 23, 2020
An unapologetic stiletto straight to the teeth of insidious rape culture, one that will have you cackling, cringing and cackling once again at its pastel-pink nihilism and scathing indictment of "nice guy" misogyny.
December 23, 2020
By turns acidly funny and genuinely upsetting, "Promising Young Woman" stars Carey Mulligan as an avenging heroine for our time, and its gut-punch twists promise big audience reactions.
December 23, 2020
The revelation of "Promising Young Woman" is that its heightened reality feels more real - closer to actual reality - than comedy or drama.
December 23, 2020
Say this much for Fennell: She is incapable of pulling punches. Even when they're swaddled in the puffiest, fuzziest of gloves, her blows land with gut-wrenching force.
December 23, 2020
"Promising Young Woman" is timely, uncomfortable and stokes a conversation that is long overdue.
December 22, 2020
Emerald Fennell has channeled the zeitgeist of the Me Too movement into a daring thriller that critiques rape culture and the rape-revenge subgenre...Promising Young Woman is a knockout.
December 21, 2020
How much is too much? Fennell hasn't quite figured that out, which makes the film all the more intriguing.
December 21, 2020
Through a distinct sense of style and riveting performances, Fennell's debut is as bold as it is self-assured. It eschews the familiar rape-revenge formula and injects a subversive female gaze, yet doesn't cover any new ground.
December 18, 2020
Those scenarios aren't exactly nuanced, but [Emerald] Fennell gives a voice to the exasperation of being treated purely, and only, like a sexual object, and [Carey] Mulligan lives and breathes that rage.
December 17, 2020
Promising Young Woman is like nothing I've ever seen. It's jaunty, downright good-humored, even as it's wrecking you.
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 14, 2020
Promising Young Woman has the bright, alluring sheen of a pop confection.
December 12, 2020
The film's empowerment fantasy of a woman who steamrolls male egos is as stylish and fun as its portrait of gender relations is dire.
December 10, 2020
Carey Mulligan easily gives one of her very best performances -- if not maybe my favorite performance I've seen from her -- in this film.
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