The Farewell

audience Reviews

, 87% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    This is such a wonderful movie where Chinese culture takes center stage. All the characters serve the narrative so effortlessly, and with such subtle comedic turns, that you feel like a part of the family as they deal with the impending end of its matriarch.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A heartbreaking and beautiful film. Every performance feels so real, and the direction is so smooth.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Awkwafina had to spend such a significant portion of this movie being sad. She did a great job. Its a story worth telling, yet it would be hard to market and attract an audience to. The "moments" were best...when the hotel clerk was peppering her with questions about America when she is too jet lagged to focus; and especially the dinner scene with the extended family and the sibling rivalry of those who immigrated elsewhere vs staying in China. Overall it was very relatable for me, in terms of one's staying in touch with one's roots.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Sad and funny approach to a sensitive subject.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Not my kind of movies but it was objectively good and gave a nice insight of chinese's cluture
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    These themes of loss and farewells are dealt with in a brilliant and creative way. Seeing this family be forced to act like everything is ok is super emotional. The script is fantastic, and the filmmaking aspect of camera angles is great! Including the soundtrack to the great pieces of art in each scene, do well in current themes. If you're ok with subtitles, give it a watch!
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Really well done family drama - with the farewell itself being absolutely heartbreaking.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The Farewell discusses the theme of loss in a brilliant and creative way. In The Farewell, Akwafina's grandmother is dealing with cancer, and is terminally ill. Rather than telling her, the family lies to her and says everything is ok. To avoid having the grandmother find out, Akwafina's character is pushed out of the family circle, as her emotions get to her. This movie would not work without the brilliant acting. Akwafina gives a stellar performance, and so does everyone else. Having the story being based off of a real event is especially touching. Seeing this family be forced to act like everything is ok when, really, it isn't is very emotional. The script is fantastic, and the shots are decent. I'd say that this movie is missing some key moments that should have happened, and feels rushed in a few areas. There are also a few story beats that I think should have been cut. That being said, The Farewell is a great movie, and I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for any major awards at the Oscars this year. If you're ok with subtitles, give it a watch.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Tender filmmaking among its tender story
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    My favorite movie of 2019.