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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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Esther ZuckermanThrillist
    Thematically, The Farewell is about reconciliation with the past and wrestling with cultural traditions that now seem foreign in a country that once was home. But it's also simply about grappling with loss...
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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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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    Magnificent screen presence. I thought it was really lovely. I thought it was really funny. I thought it was really moving. You will laugh, you will cry.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Ultimately, it's all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done.
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    Mike MassieGone With The Twins
    Such an average, uneventful, small, intimately-designed, down-to-earth, slice-of-life drama that very little of it is memorable.
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    Charlotte HarrisonCharlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies
    The fact it's based on writer-director Lulu Wang's real life experiences only adds the poignancy.
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    James MudgeeasternKicks.com
    As authentic and involving as a family drama could hope to be, and one of the most effective takes on the tension between culture and identity seen in the last few years
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    Matthew St. ClairCinema Sentries
    The Farewell packs a powerful emotional punch while still offering plenty of humor to give it some levity.
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