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Saving Face Reviews

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Todd Gilchrist
June 2, 2005
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
Abjectly collapses into feel-good nonsense.
Rob Blackwelder
June 3, 2005
(Writer-wirector) Wu...seems less interested in choices and consequences than she is in sending audiences away with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 1, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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...
| Original Score: '2/4'
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
February 2, 2005
Saving Face is sadly far too relevant to dismiss.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
May 24, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 26, 2005
Something of a neo-Jane Austen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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?

E! Online
May 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | 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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2005
Saves face with terrific performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 8, 2005
...a Hollywood romantic comedy stripped of all the bombast and star turns.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 24, 2005
[Saving Face] gets its heart pumping by putting its lovers smack in the middle of family and community.
| 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
Edward Douglas
May 26, 2005
Alice Wu's imperfect romantic comedy completely wins you over by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 23, 2005
The people in Saving Face make plenty of mistakes, but Wu's script views their mistakes with compassion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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