Deborah Ross

Clever, funny and stomach-knotting: Promising Young Woman reviewed

This rape-revenge thriller is twisty and furious and Carey Mulligan’s performance electrifying

Carey Mulligan’s performance as Cassie is intense and fiery and electrifying, even if she’s nowhere near good-looking enough (joke). Credit: © 2019 Promising Woman, LLC. All rights reserved

Promising Young Woman is a rape-revenge-thriller that has already proved divisive but is a wonderfully clever, darkly funny, stomach-knotting — my stomach may never unknot — exploration of what #notallmen seem to get: it isn’t OK to have sex with a woman who has had a few too many and isn’t in a position to give consent.

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