Sam Thompson’s review published on Letterboxd:
I. absolutely. adored. this. freaking. film.
I went into Promising Young Woman completely blind and fell head over heels in love with pretty much everything this has to offer. The story is captivating and engaging as you never really know where it's going to go with it's unpredictable nature. This culminates in a controversial and divisive ending but as I think about it, I can't imagine it ending in any other way. It is just so well written as this is a narrative that will linger in your mind for days. It's a film that I'm not going to forget about because it definitely is one of my favourites from 2020.
The acting is brilliant as this film is perfectly cast. Carey Mulligan knocks it out of the park but even the smaller characters, the men, especially, are just so well cast and do the best with the minimal screentime they are given. The direction and cinematography is excellent and visually arresting with a vibrant atmosphere and colours that pop. The way Fennell directs and uses Cassie in a scene is exceptional as she provokes this predator/prey dynamic that hits you hard in a suspenseful and darkly comedic way. Also, the score and soundtrack genuinely slaps.
One of those films where once you are done you just want rewind it back and start all over again.