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.
Abjectly collapses into feel-good nonsense.
(Writer-wirector) Wu...seems less interested in choices and consequences than she is in sending audiences away with a smile.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
This indie film's wrong turns include a feel-good finish as phony as any Hollywood ending.
Lesbian Chinese-Americans deserve sitcom fantasies of idealized romantic reassurance as much as anyone, I suppose...
| Original Score: '2/4'
Saving Face is sadly far too relevant to dismiss.
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.
Something of a neo-Jane Austen.
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?
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Saves face with terrific performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
...a Hollywood romantic comedy stripped of all the bombast and star turns.
| Original Score: B
| Original Score: 4/4
[Saving Face] gets its heart pumping by putting its lovers smack in the middle of family and community.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Alice Wu's imperfect romantic comedy completely wins you over by the end.
| Original Score: 7/10
The people in Saving Face make plenty of mistakes, but Wu's script views their mistakes with compassion.
The story is not unique, but Wu manages to give it enough charming humor to make it fresh and enjoyable.