The Farewell Reviews

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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
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.
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.
December 17, 2019
Thematically, The Farewell is about reconciliation with the past and wrestling with cultural traditions that now seem foreign in a country that once was home. But it's also simply about grappling with loss...
December 17, 2019
After watching The Farewell, I found myself sad for no reason, and angry at the movie's happy ending.
December 17, 2019
It's a redefining role that hopefully should be richly rewarded in the upcoming awards season.
December 17, 2019
Touching, vulnerable and heartbreaking, Awkwafina enters the world of drama with great confidence and comes away with a performance that should be remembered at year's end.
December 16, 2019
I kept waiting for something to happen in the plot of the movie - and then it was over. Oh yes, Awkwafina was very good.
December 5, 2019
A marvelous exploration of family and getting a jump on the grieving process.
November 21, 2019
Written and directed by Lulu Wang, The Farewell plays out around dinner tables like an Ira Sachs family drama with a cutting, deadpan sense of humor.
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