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An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama. Wilhelmina Pang (Michelle Krusiec) is a surgeon living in Manhattan whose mother (Joan Chen) is eager for her to settle down with a nice man and get married. What Ma doesn't know is that Wilhelmina happens to be a lesbian -- or rather, Ma prefers not to acknowledge it, since she once walked in on Wilhelmina and her girlfriend several years before. As it happens, Wilhelmina is looking for someone special in her life, and thinks she may have found her in Vivian… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Abjectly collapses into feel-good nonsense."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Saves face with terrific performances."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Wu has abundant affection for her characters and a sharp eye for how they interact."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"There's a wedding, a death and two love affairs in Saving Face, and they all come as a surprise"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The sort of competent, intelligent and humane film that often signals the beginning of a major career."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"The message here, as in every quirky ethnic romantic comedy, is 'follow your heart.' But wouldn't it be great if for once the characters cared more about the continuity of antiquated cultural traditions than their own personal happiness?"
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Wu has a keen ear for the rhythm of speech, and much of the humour rests in the conversations' staccato beat -- in breezy put-downs and tossed-off asides and disgruntled mutterings."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Exudes the kind of warmth and intelligence that delivers to well-defined segments of the indie-oriented audience."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"This indie film's wrong turns include a feel-good finish as phony as any Hollywood ending."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"First-time writer-director Alice Wu has taken the usual romance formula and given it cultural pizzazz."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Goes beyond the obvious into something a lot more current and meaningful: the need to make your own love, even if society looks askance."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Chinese-American mom and daughter reconnect."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"If that sounds supremely sitcomy, well, it is. But Wu and her cast elevate the proceedings."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Lesbian Chinese-Americans deserve sitcom fantasies of idealized romantic reassurance as much as anyone, I suppose..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Although fun while it lasts, it's just another cute story about family and acceptance that could have been a lot more convincing and heartfelt with just a little more depth."
‑ Brian Mckay,
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