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'The Farewell' Review: Are We Wrong? Are the Critics Right?

'The Farewell' Review: Are We Wrong? Are the Critics Right?

The original title for this post was “‘The Farewell’ Review: An Angsty Awkwafina Headlines This One Note Song.” That was before we noticed that the film currently maintains a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Farewell Rotten Tomatoes Score

The Farewell Rotten Tomatoes Score

After seeing that, we had to take stock of the situation by contemplating whose opinion is closer to being “correct” with regard to judging the overall quality of the movie: ours or mainstream critics.

For comparison, last year’s breakout foreign film ‘Shoplifters’ also maintains a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It won the Palm d’Or at Cannes in addition to 43 other awards around the world. The plot to ‘Shoplifters’ is wonderfully deep and complex. The acting is superb and the camerawork is among the best of the year. You can read our full review of the movie here.

Alternatively, ‘The Farewell’ exhibits almost none of those attributes. The plot is rather mundane, we’re never given much of a reason to care about any of the characters, and the dialogue is pedestrian, at best.

So we’ll leave it to you, film fans, to tell us who you agree with more: us or them. Go see the film, form an opinion, and let us know on social media or the comments section below.

Rating: 6.5/10

BASED ON AN ACTUAL LIE. From writer/director Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina. THE FAREWELL

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