• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Alice Wu
    In Theaters:
    May 27, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 18, 2005
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Saving Face Reviews

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Todd Gilchrist

What does not feel authentic, to either Asian audiences or simply those familiar with rom-com formula is Wu's indelicate efforts to help Wil avoid talking about her feelings.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

June 2, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Abjectly collapses into feel-good nonsense.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 9, 2007
Rob Blackwelder

(Writer-wirector) Wu...seems less interested in choices and consequences than she is in sending audiences away with a smile.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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By the end of the movie's hour-and-a-half, Wu's carefully tied up all loose ends and dutifully swept away any questions. It's a tidy little film, and her mother and mentors must be proud.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2005
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

This indie film's wrong turns include a feel-good finish as phony as any Hollywood ending.

August 12, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Lesbian Chinese-Americans deserve sitcom fantasies of idealized romantic reassurance as much as anyone, I suppose...

| Original Score: '2/4'

July 22, 2005
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

Saving Face is sadly far too relevant to dismiss.

Full Review Source: New York Theatre Wire

February 2, 2005
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

This film breaks the icy barriers of traditional repression, cold communication. Offers up a series of sometimes charming scenes, but seldom breaks deeper into the surface.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Something of a neo-Jane Austen.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2005
Scott Tobias
AV Club

The message here, as in every quirky ethnic romantic comedy, is 'follow your heart.' But wouldn't it be great if for once the characters cared more about the continuity of antiquated cultural traditions than their own personal happiness?

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005

E! Online

This multi-generational culture clash has some charm and gentle humor, but where Face falls on its, um, face is in the lethargic pacing, inconsistent acting and unexplored relationships.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B-

May 27, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

As a sweet comedy, it's enjoyable enough, as long as you don't expect it to carry the burden of an entire ethnic or sexual community on its shoulders.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Saves face with terrific performances.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a Hollywood romantic comedy stripped of all the bombast and star turns.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B

July 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 9, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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[Saving Face] gets its heart pumping by putting its lovers smack in the middle of family and community.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It's a coming-out party for Krusiec, a bit player in Sweet Home Alabama who blossoms as a performer relaying emotion with deft touches and subtle yearning.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2005
Edward Douglas

Alice Wu's imperfect romantic comedy completely wins you over by the end.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

May 26, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The people in Saving Face make plenty of mistakes, but Wu's script views their mistakes with compassion.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2005
Eric D. Snider

The story is not unique, but Wu manages to give it enough charming humor to make it fresh and enjoyable.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

July 6, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
Harvey S. Karten
January 19, 2007

Boston Phoenix
June 11, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 5, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

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