Promising Young Woman

critic Reviews

, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell -- and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan.
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    Peter TraversABC News
    In filmmaker Emerald Fennell's diabolically funny takedown of toxic masculinity, Carey Mulligan gives a dynamite performance that should make her a frontrunner in the Oscar race for Best Actress.
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    Radheyan SimonpillaiNOW Toronto
    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.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    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.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    A smart, provocative, pitch-black dark comedy and revenge movie with an astonishingly powerful, deeply layered performance by Carey Mulligan as Cassie...
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    Candice FrederickElle
    Promising Young Woman is more profoundly a devastating reflection of a woman consumed with grief.
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    Sarah HagiGlobe and Mail
    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.
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    Matt HudsonWhat I Watched Tonight
    A genuinely great movie that's full of surprises, well-placed comedy, and a ton of satisfying and shocking moments in what is a fabulous debut offering from Emerald Fennell.
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    Beth AccomandoKPBS.org
    Promising Young Woman has some frustrating inconsistencies but it presents a fresh female perspective and marks a very promising debut for Fennell.
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    Grant HermannsComingSoon.net
    "A career-defining performance from Mulligan and phenomenal writing and stylish direction from Fennell in her feature debut."
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    Sadaf AhsanNashville Scene
    Promising Young Woman, then, unabashedly offers the bitch-in-sheep's-clothing trope. In its intentionality, it works.
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