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The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lee sustains the bubbling hilarity, but also provides quieter, deeper observation of the characters' motives and moods.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2012
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A very adroit and entertaining social comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 4, 2012
Colette Maude
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2012
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Cultural clashes all over the place in this sweet and gently comedy.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2012

Film4

Lee's control of his characters is already pretty masterful: this is a smart, funny and moving work.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 4, 2012
Variety Staff
Variety
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Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.

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February 23, 2012
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

October 31, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

A thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving story about family ties, tradition, and acceptance.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 1, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fine, subtle, moving Ang Lee film.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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It is the unusual film comedy in which the humor springs as much from character as from situation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

clever, consistently funny and unexpectedly poignant to boot

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper
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This is an enjoyable film, though perhaps not as good as word-of-mouth would have it.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
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A sweet, perceptive story about the cost of deception and the power of family rituals.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Joe Brown
Washington Post
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Ang's elegantly orchestrated farce is generous with hilarious moments.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw
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I just never found myself caring quite enough.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

| Original Score: 4/5

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