The Farewell

critic Reviews

98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score98%
  • 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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    Wesley LovellCinema Sight
    A poignant look at cultural identity and its place in modern society.
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    Frank J. AvellaEdge Media Network
    The Farewell may be a difficult sit for anyone who has lost a loved one, but it's a worthwhile one as it keenly captures the glorious awfulness and fabulous ridiculousness of family.
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    Isaac FeldbergFortune
    What The Farewell isolates so incisively is a sense of cultural melancholia specific to the immigrant experience, a mourning for something lost in the process of existing between worlds.
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    Justin BrownMedium Popcorn
    So well-acted, you felt it. I thought it was a really, really solid movie, and I was very surprised by it.
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