Reviews: Promising Young Woman (2020)

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  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: A film to make you laugh, to make you gasp, and to make you want to storm a rampart.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Featuring a sprawling, well cast ensemble led by a pitch perfect Mulligan, a trickily plotted script, tongue-in-cheek song selections and cheeky production design, “Promising Young Woman” is hugely entertaining – and disturbing.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Promising Young Woman balances its serious subject matter with a darkly comedic tone and satisfyingly entertaining revenge narrative that feels like a centerpiece of the #MeToo era. Add in a career-best performance by Carey Mulligan and you have a unique gem of a film.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The film’s rage is deeply felt, and its relevant theming alongside Carey Mulligan’s fearless performance makes for a compelling and provocative piece of filmmaking.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ CINEJOUR [Indonesian]
  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • Candice Frederick @ Elle
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A thoroughly entertaining, well-written story that has a lot to say.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Fennell spins a revenge fantasy as bold, bright, and shocking as you will see this, or any, year
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s not always perfect, but Fennell has a knack for building expectations so extreme that her refusal to make good on them hits you like a punch in the gut.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: A defiant, bold, and color-splashed debut, ‘Promising Young Adult’ sees writer-director Emerald Fennell loudly announce herself as someone to watch while veteran badass Carey Mulligan gives one of the best performances of her career as an impacted survivor out for revenge served cold AF.
  • Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Oxford-educated Emerald Fennell, writer/director, has presented a gripping truth, not in the form of a documentary, but as a drama that locks down like a Pitt bull in the blinding passion of the fight.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Its stark tonal shifts and uneven plot structure might be distracting at times, but Emerald Fennell’s ‘Promising Young Woman’ consistently offers a powerful portrayal of rape culture and sexual assault with a narrative full of surprises.
  • Dan Tabor @ Phawker
  • Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Promising Young Woman is a reckoning with an odious part of our culture. Fennell gives the perpetrators no quarter. As it should be.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Promising Young Woman takes us on a journey hard to discuss. Disturbing in a lot of ways — we’re left with sad thoughts many days.
  • [New] | James Wegg @
    • Excerpt: Carey Mulligan’s portrayal of Cassie is most certainly of Best Actress quality.
  • [New] | Sebastian Zavala @ Cinencuentro.com [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: One of the most impressive directing debuts I’ve ever seen, and a film that will remain embedded in my mind for a long time.