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
Top Critic
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

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
February 23, 2012
Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Michael Dequina
July 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
April 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 13, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Don Willmott
August 1, 2004
A thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving story about family ties, tradition, and acceptance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
Fine, subtle, moving Ang Lee film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
Michael Szymanski
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
clever, consistently funny and unexpectedly poignant to boot
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
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
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