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Saving Face Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 17, 2010
Chinese-American mom and daughter reconnect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
August 3, 2007
Wu has abundant affection for her characters and a sharp eye for how they interact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Exudes the kind of warmth and intelligence that delivers to well-defined segments of the indie-oriented audience.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
Abjectly collapses into feel-good nonsense.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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?
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 16, 2005
If that sounds supremely sitcomy, well, it is. But Wu and her cast elevate the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
There's a wedding, a death and two love affairs in Saving Face, and they all come as a surprise
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 12, 2005
This indie film's wrong turns include a feel-good finish as phony as any Hollywood ending.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 22, 2005
Lesbian Chinese-Americans deserve sitcom fantasies of idealized romantic reassurance as much as anyone, I suppose...
Read More | Original Score: '2/4'
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
The sort of competent, intelligent and humane film that often signals the beginning of a major career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 15, 2005
First-time writer-director Alice Wu has taken the usual romance formula and given it cultural pizzazz.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Mckay
July 14, 2005
Although fun while it lasts, it's just another cute story about family and acceptance that could have been a lot more convincing and heartfelt with just a little more depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 14, 2005
Far from seeming weighed down by a need to satisfy various interest groups, "Face" is light-footed, at times cheeky and always true to its sharply-drawn cast of characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 13, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 8, 2005
...a Hollywood romantic comedy stripped of all the bombast and star turns.
Read More | Original Score: B
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 7, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 7, 2005
Equal parts adorable and unbelievable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 6, 2005
The story is not unique, but Wu manages to give it enough charming humor to make it fresh and enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
July 5, 2005
... surprisingly fresh and charming overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 1, 2005
Goes beyond the obvious into something a lot more current and meaningful: the need to make your own love, even if society looks askance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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