Promising Young Woman

113 mins
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Cassie (Carey Mulligan) tries to right a wrong from her past by taking revenge on predatory men. Feigning intoxication and... More

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Promising Young Woman | Ratings & Reviews

"In a post-#MeToo world, it would have been easy for first time director (and season 2 Killing Eve showrunner) Emerald Fennell to consider this quite enough for audiences to chew over. Permeated with an uncomfortably cute, candy coloured aesthetic and soundtracked with a droll collection of bubblegum pop, Promising Young Woman initially plays Cassie’s vigilante escapades for pitch black comedy: cathartic, yes, groundbreaking, no. But Fennell has something much deeper, and darker, in mind for Cassie’s journey, and a very specific destination to which all this is leading—one that may be as divisive as it is distressing, and which, ideally, should remain as unspoiled as possible before viewing."


"In just the first week, 2021 has delivered us one of the movies of the year."


"A powerful, incendiary and scarily pertinent film that refuses to provide easy answers."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"This is the Mulligan show, though, and she proves every bit at home with humour as she is with serious drama."

The TimesThe Times

"Written and directed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman is not always surefooted in its style or substance, but Mulligan is consistently riveting throughout."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"Promising Young Woman is as confident as its protagonist, a film that's willing to be a little messy and inconsistent."

"Fennell's film is a vibrant, stylistically precise piece of work, but the sentiments it conveys don't feel examined. It's an acceleration off a cliff when what you'd really like to see is some kind of road forward, no matter how rough."


"The film around her has its flaws but [Mulligan has] never been better, fulfilling her initial promise as a young actor and then some."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Emerald Fennell's debut feature is so razor sharp you'll have to check yourself for wounds."


"Fennell's film could be called a polemic, but dramatically it's so sharply and boldly laid out that its narrative shocks rule the day. It's jolting to witness how it refuses to let anyone off the hook."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

Promising Young Woman | Details

Award winner
Best Original Screenplay at the 2021 Academy Awards; Best Original Screenplay and Best British Film winner at the 2021 BAFTAs.
R18, Violence, deals with rape and suicide
Drama, Thriller
Country of origin