Promising Young Woman

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From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman... until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be: she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.


  • Carey Mulligan
  • Laverne Cox
  • Bo Burnham
  • Clancy Brown
  • Jennifer Coolidge
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Molly Shannon
  • Angela Zhou
  • Alison Brie
  • Connie Britton

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Jan 28, 2020

Thanks to Mulligan’s electric performance and Fennell’s packed script, the movie never feels as if it lags, but it doesn’t go far enough to smooth over the choppy changes between the film’s witty moments and its stomach-churning dramatic scenes. However, there’s still a lot of promise in Fennell’s film, both in its message, its rape-revenge-influenced riff, and the boundaries it wants to push.

Metacritic review by Monica Castillo
Monica Castillo
Jan 27, 2020

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.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Jan 26, 2020

Promising Young Woman builds to a truly shocking climax that delivers Fennell’s themes with a dark and twisted sense of humour—and justice. It’s a clever and unexpected turn in a film full of surprises.

Anthony Kaufman
Screen Daily