The Farewell Reviews

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September 19, 2019
Made with the necessary narrative and directorial guile to get the Oscars in its sights, and with dialogue in English and Mandarin Chinese, The Farewell presses all the right buttons and is a heart-warming tale about cultural dislocation.
September 19, 2019
Awkwafina is a joy, as always. The script is smart, and the wedding hijinks give it an obvious structure.
September 19, 2019
It's a rare film that has the power to make you laugh, cry, and laugh again as deftly as this does.
September 19, 2019
Wang's family story is modestly affecting and deserves an audience, but if it does prompt thoughts about weighing up the importance of emotional truth, they mainly come afterwards.
September 19, 2019
There are no grand declarations or tear-stained confrontations, as it's not Downton, mercifully. And if you think grandma knows the truth and is fooling everybody else, you will need to think again, as it's just not clichéd in this way.
September 18, 2019
Panic and self-doubt are at the heart of [the] movie...
September 18, 2019
Immigrant in-jokes abound but this isn't a niche film, it's a crowd-pleaser that's been a box-office hit in the US. Not every scene works but it's an enjoyable watch and Awkwafina is a revelation in a central role.
September 18, 2019
Goes softly-softly on the Big Themes, but packs an emotional wallop.
September 18, 2019
As sweet and affectionate a story as you can get, 'The Farewell' is a heartwarming, funny tale of family, duty and the softest lies we tell one another.
September 17, 2019
The Farewell is Awkwafina's first leading role and she is truly a revelation, proving she is more than just the comedy sidekick.
September 16, 2019
The Farewell is a heartfelt ode to the complexities of family relationships. Lulu Wang has developed into a filmmaker of great merit after only two films, and that is a staggering achievement.
September 16, 2019
Both a vehicle for Awkwafina's formidable talents and an incredibly charming ensemble piece. If there's any justice, it'll be remembered when it comes to award-scattering season.
September 10, 2019
Say hello to one of 2019's best movies.
September 10, 2019
Sweet, comforting, heartfelt, and funny, The Farewell is a fantastic piece of work that is an ample showcase for director Wang's filmmaking chops and Awkwafina's acting skills.
September 10, 2019
The Farewell celebrates diversity whilst recognising the emotional similarities that connect us.
September 10, 2019
This is an intricately constructed, deeply personal and surprisingly funny story - one of the real highlights of 2019 in cinema
September 9, 2019
[Writer-director Lulu] Wang balances the comedy and the tragedy of the situation with deft assurance.
September 9, 2019
[T]he film is patient, sensitive, remarkably universal in its specificity.
September 9, 2019
"The Farewell" is informative of Chinese customs, very dramatic, and surprisingly very comedic despite the heavy subject matter.
September 8, 2019
Awkwafina gives an outstanding performance in this film, along with the rest of the cast in this low key Chinese family drama. The drama is also lightened with some comedy.
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