Saving Face
Saving Face (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 27, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming tale of a love affair that overcomes cultural taboos.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Abjectly collapses into feel-good nonsense.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Saves face with terrific performances.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Although everyone seems to be trying very hard, it has a deadly earnestness that squashes any fun flat.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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?

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Chinese-American mom and daughter reconnect.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Goes beyond the obvious into something a lot more current and meaningful: the need to make your own love, even if society looks askance.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

[Saving Face] gets its heart pumping by putting its lovers smack in the middle of family and community.

Rob Gonsalves

Wu has abundant affection for her characters and a sharp eye for how they interact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Absolutely delightful. An American-Born-Chinese lesbian finds her world rocked when her widowed mother is disowned for getting pregnant out of wedlock. The… More
Leigh Ryan
Pretty good movie.
Jim Hunter
An American-born Chinese doctor falls into a lesbian relationship with a woman who rejects the strictures of their shared culture against the backdrop of her… More
Red Lats
I liked this movie. An interconnected set of NYC people dealing with relationships, prejudice, bias and Saving Face.
Jennifer Xu
Ok, so when I first heard of this, the plot sort of threw me for a loop. Chinese lesbian? 50-year-old unmarried pregnant mother? This is risky stuff! But… More
Walter M.
In "Saving Face", Wilhelmina(Michelle Krusiec) is a young surgeon who attends the weekly Planet China dances held in Flushing where her 48-year old… More