Promising Young Woman

audience Reviews

, 88% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    We loved it! The main character stole the show! A must see for everyone and still relevant, sadly, today! :(
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I really enjoyed the film. Interesting concept. I didn't see the twist at the end coming.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Is it a revenge fantasy? Yes. Does that make it less compelling or thought provoking? No. Darkly humorous and worth watching!
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Masterfully made, at times I thought we were heading toward a romantic comedy, but ultimately the most disturbing movie I have seen since once were warriors.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    An incredible performance from Mulligan and amazingly satisfying. I particularly liked how her justified rage was centered not simply on an act of provocation itself, but the blasé dismissal of responsibility by those responsible. Even when confronted with the reality still the characters would not acknowledge guilt. It's also beautifully shot and lit with makeup design used to balance between tropes of "glamour" and terror, whilst somehow mocking its use and purpose. It's intentionally off-kilter, seemingly betraying the fragility or instability of the human beneath, but it doesn't matter to the men picking her up. This is then mirrored in the behaviour she affects, dead-eyed drunk, not quite aware of reality and again it doesn't matter to the men picking her up. This is then reinforced with dialogue - "what are you doing, where am I" - and again it doesn't matter to the men picking her up. It's a beautiful, constantly layered and unavoidable signal of vulnerability that is consistently ignored by every knight in shining armour she happens across. It even adds a hyper-real motif on top of that motif, with one of the pseudo "nice guys" extolling on the discriminatory nature of makeup to a woman's worth just before he attempts a sexual assault. Although I've never seen events as bad as in the film, I have seen as I expect many of us have, subtler versions of this behaviour and realise how prevalent it is. If one is honest about that it's hardly possible to not completely get on board Cassandra's train of justice and recourse. I found myself rooting for her throughout and felt one specific sucker punch as though it had happened to me personally. Amazingly it does all this without wallowing in depression too much or dehumanising Cassandra. She is capable of mercy and a feeling, rational human being just as some of the people she encounters recognise their part and are penitent. A fantastic movie that I would recommend.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Carey Mulligan is quite enthralling as a woman who due to an event that transpired in her past, spends her free time determined and obsessed with revenge on the men responsible or for that matter any man with similar traits. Cleverly written and pieced together, this works very well as a drama/thriller, but it's Mulligan's performance that elevates it.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Promising Young Woman is a daring mix of a handful of genres - part revenge flick (think Kill Bill), part bubble gum flash piece (think Edgar Wright), part black comedy, part rom com - this movie swirls together several genres into a wild ride with plot twists and turns I didn't see coming. I found the climax of the film to be particularly risky, and the risk pays off. The cinematography was harsh at times, though I think this was the intended effect. The film never seems to let up and let you breathe, even calm scenes seem bubbling with chaos or darkness. I am happy this film got nominated for Best Picture.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    The production makes this an entertaining way to spend a couple hours, but when it's over, it leaves a very bad taste in your brain and you realize this is a misogynistic film that makes light of the issue of date rape. As a revenge fantasy, it is completely unsatisfying as our heroine doesn't seemed to have learned her lesson that the bad guys are always going to get away with it. Carey Mulligan's one-note range of emotions doesn't evoke much sympathy.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Loved the movie I could feel her emotions. Simply blew me away did not think it would be so deep
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    What a stupid movie! Makes no sense. Storyline has so many holes. I’m thinking the rating systems have been infiltrated. No way people love this movie.