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The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) Reviews

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April 4, 2012
Lee sustains the bubbling hilarity, but also provides quieter, deeper observation of the characters' motives and moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2012
A very adroit and entertaining social comedy.
April 4, 2012
This tale of a marriage of convenience charms and amuses with strong comedic performances with a great script and some beautifully shot sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2012
Cultural clashes all over the place in this sweet and gently comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2012
Lee's control of his characters is already pretty masterful: this is a smart, funny and moving work.
February 23, 2012
Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.
October 31, 2006
This sharply observed madcap comedy, about a marriage of convenience between a gay Taiwanese American and a Chinese woman, examines the primacy of the individual within a culture that worships authority and rewards conformity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 26, 2006
Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides.
August 1, 2004
A thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving story about family ties, tradition, and acceptance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2003
Fine, subtle, moving Ang Lee film.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
It is the unusual film comedy in which the humor springs as much from character as from situation.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 29, 2002
clever, consistently funny and unexpectedly poignant to boot
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The Wedding Banquet never becomes bogged down by its own seriousness. Lee manages to keep the production buoyant by including scenes that are often riotously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The Wedding Banquet does take some of the same delight in constructing a comedy of misunderstandings and deceptions. But the movie also has a warm heart, and by the end somehow manages to become very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Ang's elegantly orchestrated farce is generous with hilarious moments.
January 1, 2000
A sweet, perceptive story about the cost of deception and the power of family rituals.
January 1, 2000
The Wedding Banquet wins fans with its sunny disposition as it turns a contemporary story about a marriage of convenience into a deft bedroom farce and humanist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
I just never found myself caring quite enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 1, 2000
This is an enjoyable film, though perhaps not as good as word-of-mouth would have it.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
July 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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