The Farewell

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
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    Ben SachsChicago Reader
    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.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it's one of the best films of the year.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    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.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Panic and self-doubt are at the heart of [the] movie...
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    The film could have had wit, attitude, poignancy, style - or any single one of the four. Instead it slithers along, shallow and soapy.
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    James HantonOuttake Mag
    Wang has produced an utter marvel of a film. The Farewell is a beautiful, resonating gem, fuelled by some standout performances and told with touches of pure grace.
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    Matt CipollaFilm Monthly
    It's about watching, about waiting. It's when it's at its most natural that The Farewell connects the inside and the outside with an honesty that's hard to resist.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    The second film as director of Lulu Wang doesn't move me nor does it seem funny, but I can't deny that it contains a certain intimacy with the intercultural treaty that describes the vicissitudes of a Chinese family. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    "The Farewell" will fill you with the same feeling as Yasujirô Ozu's Japanese masterpiece "Tokyo Story." You'll want to immediately pick up the phone, call your grandparents and tell them how much you love them.
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