The Farewell Reviews

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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.
August 18, 2019
A remarkable, relatable and poignant drama, The Farewell is stunning in its simplicity with Awkwafina delivering a performance that showcases her talent.
August 17, 2019
An authentic look at the cultural divide between two wildly different civilisations, 'The Farewell' is a universal tale that will strike a chord with audiences of any nationality.
August 16, 2019
Writer-director Lula Wang's autobiographical drama The Farewell delves into complex realities like family dynamics, cultural differences and terminal illness with elegant simplicity.
August 16, 2019
Some might dismiss Lulu Wang's (Posthumous) film as an attempt to cash in on the monster success of Crazy Rich Asians. Nothing could be further from the truth.
August 14, 2019
The Farewell reveals a diverse culture of grief alternatives unknown in the West of carrying grief together.
August 14, 2019
I didn't expect such visual delights from cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano, who peppers the film with truly lovely natural light.
August 13, 2019
Run, don't walk to see this heartwarming and heartbreaking film starring the multi-talented Awkwafina.
August 11, 2019
Powerfully subdued and thoughtful, The Farewell is a terrific independent film that will remain among the year's best .
August 11, 2019
I was fascinated by The Farewell and by Lulu Wang's judgment-free direction. Her command of tone is highly impressive, and she's made a film about the end of life that's frequently funny and warm.
August 10, 2019
The act of not informing someone about their own health -- particularly when a fatal diagnosis is involved -- is a hot-button issue, and the strength of The Farewell is how it patiently explores both sides of the divide.
August 10, 2019
Lulu Wang is a new force in filmmaking and I can't wait to see what she does next. She knows how to elicit laughter and tears through revealing human truths and is not afraid to dig into controversial issues.
August 9, 2019
A charming portrait of a family struggle. Beautiful performances and an unexpected--and very welcome--ending.
August 9, 2019
I recommend it, [but] ... it unfolded for me as a progression of obvious chords, played repetitively and softly. ... There's a difference between artful subtlety and dullness.
August 9, 2019
With a sparkling ensemble cast, The Farewell explores questions of individual identity and cultural divides and arrives at the conclusion that we mightn't be so different after all.
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