Reviews: The Farewell (2019)

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  • Marco Albanese @ [Italian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s not a bad film by any means, just not as good as I keep getting told it is.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Wang excels with this mixture of levity and heart tugs, personified in Mr. Li, Nai Nai’s dismissively treated live-in boyfriend who shuffles about like a ghost, attending to her needs.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Farewell is a movie of dichotomies — Chinese culture and American culture, parents and children, mourning and celebrating, youth and old age — that appropriately straddles the line between drama and comedy.
  • [New] | Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Every once in awhile an authentic reminiscence can capture our attention without requiring a complicated plot or melodramatic performances. It’s the depth of emotion that charms our heart.
  • Nguyen Le @ InSession Film
    • Excerpt: In a time where the Big™ inhales the Small™, here’s a film that refuses to be so — financially, culturally and narratively — and becomes a HAH! that turns heads. It also presents us with the struggle to find a more human and fulfilling story in 2019.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: American audiences have become so accustomed to cinema that caters to their cultural standards that being exposed to other nations’ traditions can be a bit of a shock. With “The Farewell,” not only do viewers get an education in the Chinese customs surrounding death, they also come to understand how Americanized immigrants can be confused by the same, being so far removed from their own heritage.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: To watch [everyone’s] internal war through their expressions is what makes The Farewell such an unforgettable cinematic treat of resonant catharsis.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: One of the finest family comedy-dramas to come along in some time.
  • Ruben Peralta Rigaud @ [Spanish]
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Drawing from a deeply personal story, director Lulu Wang’s sophomore feature film shines comedy into drama on a culturally unique situation of gallows humor.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens