The Farewell Reviews

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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
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...
October 10, 2019
The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it's one of the best films of the year.
September 23, 2019
Magnificent screen presence. I thought it was really lovely. I thought it was really funny. I thought it was really moving. You will laugh, you will cry.
September 21, 2019
Ultimately, it's all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie.
September 20, 2019
You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done.
September 20, 2019
A lovely, warm family picture featuring a star-making turn from Awkwafina.
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
The film could have had wit, attitude, poignancy, style - or any single one of the four. Instead it slithers along, shallow and soapy.
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 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
This is an intricately constructed, deeply personal and surprisingly funny story - one of the real highlights of 2019 in cinema
September 6, 2019
There's plenty of humour, especially in the lengthy wedding sequence with its speeches and songs; but the film's main strength lies in its sympathetic examination of the differences between the Chinese who have never left China and their cousins...
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 9, 2019
A charming portrait of a family struggle. Beautiful performances and an unexpected--and very welcome--ending.
July 29, 2019
Awkwafina finds her footing as a first-time leading lady, excelling with her emotionally nuanced and vibrant performance in a story about familial love and the gray area one cultivates from straddling different homelands.
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