The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 4, 2012
Lee sustains the bubbling hilarity, but also provides quieter, deeper observation of the characters' motives and moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 4, 2012
A very adroit and entertaining social comedy.
Colette Maude
Empire Magazine
April 4, 2012
This tale of a marriage of convenience charms and amuses with strong comedic performances with a great script and some beautifully shot sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 4, 2012
Cultural clashes all over the place in this sweet and gently comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
April 4, 2012
Lee's control of his characters is already pretty masterful: this is a smart, funny and moving work.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 31, 2006
This sharply observed madcap comedy, about a marriage of convenience between a gay Taiwanese American and a Chinese woman, examines the primacy of the individual within a culture that worships authority and rewards conformity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides.
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
August 1, 2004
A thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving story about family ties, tradition, and acceptance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
Fine, subtle, moving Ang Lee film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It is the unusual film comedy in which the humor springs as much from character as from situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
clever, consistently funny and unexpectedly poignant to boot
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Wedding Banquet never becomes bogged down by its own seriousness. Lee manages to keep the production buoyant by including scenes that are often riotously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is an enjoyable film, though perhaps not as good as word-of-mouth would have it.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Wedding Banquet wins fans with its sunny disposition as it turns a contemporary story about a marriage of convenience into a deft bedroom farce and humanist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A sweet, perceptive story about the cost of deception and the power of family rituals.
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Ang's elegantly orchestrated farce is generous with hilarious moments.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The Wedding Banquet does take some of the same delight in constructing a comedy of misunderstandings and deceptions. But the movie also has a warm heart, and by the end somehow manages to become very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
I just never found myself caring quite enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
July 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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