The Farewell Reviews

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November 6, 2020
The fact it's based on writer-director Lulu Wang's real life experiences only adds the poignancy.
October 23, 2020
As authentic and involving as a family drama could hope to be, and one of the most effective takes on the tension between culture and identity seen in the last few years
October 2, 2020
The Farewell packs a powerful emotional punch while still offering plenty of humor to give it some levity.
July 28, 2020
Wang has produced an utter marvel of a film. The Farewell is a beautiful, resonating gem, fuelled by some standout performances and told with touches of pure grace.
July 28, 2020
It's about watching, about waiting. It's when it's at its most natural that The Farewell connects the inside and the outside with an honesty that's hard to resist.
July 27, 2020
The second film as director of Lulu Wang doesn't move me nor does it seem funny, but I can't deny that it contains a certain intimacy with the intercultural treaty that describes the vicissitudes of a Chinese family. [Full review in Spanish]
July 24, 2020
"The Farewell" will fill you with the same feeling as Yasujirô Ozu's Japanese masterpiece "Tokyo Story." You'll want to immediately pick up the phone, call your grandparents and tell them how much you love them.
July 23, 2020
Injecting what is a tragic setup with comic elements requires a precarious balancing act from the filmmaker and star alike, but Wang and Awkwafina traverse the tightrope without a wobble.
July 16, 2020
The Farewell becomes a gentle, universal plea that showcases all the perks and drawbacks of having a family.
July 2, 2020
It's endearing and sad, but Wang's approach has a rather optimistic tone that serves perfectly with a fantastic cast. [Full review in Spanish].
March 10, 2020
A poignant look at cultural identity and its place in modern society.
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.
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