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The Farewell

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  • The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
  • Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Lots of heavy stuff, to be sure, and there are times when The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billi and what she's going through - in large part because Awkwafina's performance is so raw and authentic and in the moment.
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  • Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    On the plus side, Ms. Wang puts her Panavision lens to impeccable use. You can count the number of closeups on one hand.
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  • James BerardinelliReelViews
    The end result is life-affirming and the average viewer is likely to leave the film feeling uplifted.
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  • Peter HowellToronto Star
    The deep compassion of The Farewell lifts it above its absurd premise.
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  • Ty BurrBoston Globe
    Like her heroine, Wang straddles the fence and argues from either side of it; like her, the movie is profoundly Chinese-American, speaking to both audiences and able to be enjoyed by both.
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  • Ann HornadayWashington Post
    When each of us contains multitudes, "The Farewell" suggests, home is everywhere, or anywhere we happen to be.
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  • Roxana HadadiChesapeake Family Magazine
    How The Farewell balances questions about cultural heritage and the morality of honesty is immersive and lovely.
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  • Courtney SmallCinema Axis
    What Wang constructs is a film that packs an emotional punch one minute and has you laughing the next.
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  • Mae AbdulbakiThe Young Folks
    The Farewell is a gift, a stunning, emotional, and nuanced piece of storytelling that will indeed make you want to call your grandmother afterward.
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  • Jon EspinoHollywoodChicago.com
    Lulu Wang artfully creates something that's less of an explanation and more of an exploration.
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