Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

A young woman (Carey Mulligan) tries to right a wrong from her past by taking revenge on predatory men. Feigning intoxication and letting "nice guys" take her home, Cassie turns the tables on the creeps (including the likes of Adam Brody and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) taking advantage of incapacitated women. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, showrunner of Killing Eve season two. 

2020Rating: R18, Violence, deals with rape and suicide113 minsUSA, UK
CrimeDramaThrillerFestival & Independent

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Flicks

Flicks, Katie Parker

flicks

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.

Poor writing, poor pacing and direction, average acting.

About three good scenes. Okay if you are bored.

1.0

Unexpectedly good

More men should watch this movie.... It is also is funny. Highly recommend

5.0

Brilliant

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

The Times

The Times

press

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

3.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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

Vulture

Vulture

press

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 Guardian

The Guardian

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

3.0
Collider

Collider

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

Flicks

Flicks, Katie Parker

flicks

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.

Stuff

Stuff

press

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

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

The Times

The Times

press

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

3.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

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

Vulture

Vulture

press

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 Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
Collider

Collider

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

Poor writing, poor pacing and direction, average acting.

About three good scenes. Okay if you are bored.

1.0

Unexpectedly good

More men should watch this movie.... It is also is funny. Highly recommend

5.0

Brilliant

5.0