The Farewell Reviews

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February 25, 2020
The Farewell may be a difficult sit for anyone who has lost a loved one, but it's a worthwhile one as it keenly captures the glorious awfulness and fabulous ridiculousness of family.
February 24, 2020
What The Farewell isolates so incisively is a sense of cultural melancholia specific to the immigrant experience, a mourning for something lost in the process of existing between worlds.
February 14, 2020
So well-acted, you felt it. I thought it was a really, really solid movie, and I was very surprised by it.
February 12, 2020
The Farewell is among 2019's best films. It becomes deeper, funnier and more resonant with repeated viewing, too.
February 12, 2020
Wang's film simmers on a low flame, which is also the source of its charm and the empathy it stirs.
February 11, 2020
This is a humane, wise treasure of a movie.
February 10, 2020
The Farewell reminds us that callous statements of the "go back to wherever you came from" nature are not only racist but demonstrate a pernicious lack of empathy. Nobody leaves home without a good reason.
February 6, 2020
A fascinating film, very well observed ... highlighting all those contradictions, as we might see them, that I do find myself on occasion disagreeing with, but having no leg to stand on.
February 6, 2020
For obvious reasons it's a film that is close to the director's heart and while not as funny as it could be, its earnestness just about wins through in the end.
January 30, 2020
'The Farewell' is one of the best movies of 2019. [Full review in Spanish]
January 24, 2020
This intimate tragi-comedy is one of the very best films of 2019.
January 21, 2020
Not only well-written, but superbly directed with wonderful (and often understated performances).
January 18, 2020
Playing a character who allows endless opportunities to speak her heart pass her by, Awkwafina displays her full heartbreaking range dealing with the worst situation imaginable.
January 17, 2020
...The Farewell is an equally hilarious and heartbreaking examination of grief, family and tradition.
January 15, 2020
[Lulu] Wang positions herself as a director of great maturity... and I really hope she continues to have the opportunity to tell more stories of this level. [Full review in Spanish]
January 14, 2020
Until the closing shot, this is a celebration of Asian actors, traditions, and relationships, never tainted with the need to please multiplex audiences of the west.
January 6, 2020
The Farewell is certainly dialogue-heavy, but it captures the Wang family dynamic through blocking and movement, as Billi both stands out as a westerner in her former homeland, and gets caught up in the sweep of family rituals and idiosyncrasies.
December 19, 2019
The Farewell is a personal, compelling family dramedy, but the film goes beyond its premise and genre conventions - carefully unpacking questions about the division between cultural value systems and ways of thinking.
December 18, 2019
Shoulders hunched, head slung forward, and a look of deep, determined bereavement on her face, Awkwafina makes Billi's grief a palpable force, and it renders the final seconds of The Farewell intensely touching.
December 17, 2019
You've probably never heard of Shuzhen Zhao who brings Nai Nai to life, but she will create a lasting memory in this role. She's spunky, smart, trusting, and above all, loving, exactly what the term "grandma" means.
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