The Farewell Reviews

Page 1 of 3
December 17, 2019
What follows is a series of hackneyed scenes about the different interpersonal relationships within the family, centering on the heroine's bond with her grandmother.
September 20, 2019
You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done.
September 18, 2019
Panic and self-doubt are at the heart of [the] movie...
September 18, 2019
Goes softly-softly on the Big Themes, but packs an emotional wallop.
September 5, 2019
Immigrants, for whom such experiences often overlap in intimate ways, can tell some of the most compelling stories about the human condition and the dislocating shocks of modernity.
September 4, 2019
Launches no thunderbolts, no dazzling revelations. The film is too gentle for that, with too much affection for its characters.
August 8, 2019
Wang does solid work in providing a range of characters to embody different aspects of the emigrant experience, and looks at the differences between those who left and those who stayed behind in unexpected ways.
July 26, 2019
This smart film deftly mixes comedy and tragedy, and manages to be heartfelt without being cloying or sentimental.
July 23, 2019
The story of a wedding held under trying circumstances might not be the type of film that go can toe-to-toe with "Spider-Man: Far from Home" when it comes to total box-office bucks but its very down-to-earth story proves to be its superpower.
July 19, 2019
Lots of heavy stuff, to be sure, and there are times when The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billi and what she's going through - in large part because Awkwafina's performance is so raw and authentic and in the moment.
July 19, 2019
On the plus side, Ms. Wang puts her Panavision lens to impeccable use. You can count the number of closeups on one hand.
July 18, 2019
The end result is life-affirming and the average viewer is likely to leave the film feeling uplifted.
July 18, 2019
The deep compassion of The Farewell lifts it above its absurd premise.
July 18, 2019
Like her heroine, Wang straddles the fence and argues from either side of it; like her, the movie is profoundly Chinese-American, speaking to both audiences and able to be enjoyed by both.
July 18, 2019
When each of us contains multitudes, "The Farewell" suggests, home is everywhere, or anywhere we happen to be.
July 17, 2019
"The Farewell" is an unexpected movie because of its overall direction.
July 17, 2019
The Farewell is a more substantive, engrossing and ultimately deeper work about the bonds that hold and strengthen us.
July 17, 2019
While Wang may stint occasionally on the sort of character detail separating a very good film from a great one, "The Farewell" takes you to a humanely eccentric place.
July 17, 2019
It has an eye for absurdity and for the telling detail, and it marks Lulu Wang as a director with the rare but essential ability to make you care about what she cares about.
July 16, 2019
It's a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy.
Page 1 of 3