The Farewell

critic Reviews

99% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score99%
  • 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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    Daniel GreenLittle White Lies
    [A] compelling, spiky exploration of familial duty and cultural heritage.
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    Brian GillMad About Movies Podcast
    One of the most authentic, beautiful movies of the year complete with outstanding performances and a perfectly-honed script.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    A lovely, warm family picture featuring a star-making turn from Awkwafina.
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    Chris HunneysettDaily Mirror (UK)
    thoughtful, funny and well observed
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    Paddy KehoeRTÉ (Ireland)
    Made with the necessary narrative and directorial guile to get the Oscars in its sights, and with dialogue in English and Mandarin Chinese, The Farewell presses all the right buttons and is a heart-warming tale about cultural dislocation.
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    Eve TushnetPatheos
    Awkwafina is a joy, as always. The script is smart, and the wedding hijinks give it an obvious structure.
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    Mark HarrisonDen of Geek
    It's a rare film that has the power to make you laugh, cry, and laugh again as deftly as this does.
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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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    Deborah RossThe Spectator
    There are no grand declarations or tear-stained confrontations, as it's not Downton, mercifully. And if you think grandma knows the truth and is fooling everybody else, you will need to think again, as it's just not clichéd in this way.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Panic and self-doubt are at the heart of [the] movie...
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