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Saving Face Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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?
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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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2005
Saves face with terrific performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 1, 2005
Wu has a keen ear for the rhythm of speech, and much of the humour rests in the conversations' staccato beat -- in breezy put-downs and tossed-off asides and disgruntled mutterings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 24, 2005
A mild but mostly enjoyable romantic comedy that attempts (not always successfully) to incorporate elements of screwball farce into an already-crowded mix.
| Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 23, 2005
A laugh riot it is not. A sweet, true and, at times, universal love story it is.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2005
A first film with a deft comedic touch and a trio of charming stars.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2005
This culture-clash, generation-gap comic drama is clichéd and corny. But it's also charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 23, 2005
Saving Face's saving graces are its sense of humor and its strong cast.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 18, 2005
It has the heart and spirit of a true romantic comedy, and a lightness of touch that you rarely see in a debut picture.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 17, 2005
Family culture-clash romantic comedy gets a delightful twist in the funny, charming Saving Face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 16, 2005
Effortlessly cosmopolitan and consistently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
A first-time writer-director, Wu handles most of the movie with breezy confidence, drawing strong performances from all of her leading actors.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 10, 2005
[Chen] reduces the wattage on her luminousness to make Ma seem sympathetically homely without turning downright pitiful. It's an engaging performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2005
Unexpected pregnancy and family politics can be heavy, dramatically explosive issues, but Wu tempers her direction with empathy and her script with well-placed laughs, attempting to bridge both cultural and generation gaps without alienating either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 3, 2005
An affable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 2, 2005
Wu's film takes the received wisdom of The Joy Luck Club for a delightful spin through unwed motherhood, lesbianism and Chinese-American family values.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 27, 2005
A heartwarming comedy that reaffirms the power of personal choice, while also promising to love and to cherish even the most hidebound cultures.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 27, 2005
Tender and often extremely funny, Alice Wu's delightful debut feature, Saving Face, is a Chinese-American lesbian romance that wisely explores the tug-of-war between tradition and the need to be true to one's heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2005
Alice Wu's debut film is so deft, natural and exquisitely specific, it feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 26, 2005
Alice Wu's amiable romantic comedy examines the lives of three generations of Chinese-Americans living in New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
May 26, 2005
Charming debut feature.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2005
Pleasant if sketchy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
Despite a fairly explicit lesbian boobfest (projected attendance just went up!), the film is more good-natured than provocative.
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David Rooney
Variety
April 2, 2005
Less burdened by earnest intentions than other indie examinations of Asian-American women's experience, the film's appealing characters and amusing situations prevail over its general shortage of energy.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2005
A frothy delight, robust with strong and conflicted characters.