"The Farewell one of the most heartfelt homecoming films in years."
— Matthew Monagle, Austin Chronicle
"This is a viewing experience to be treasured. It is one of the very best films of 2019."
— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy."
— Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The end result is life-affirming and the average viewer is likely to leave the film feeling uplifted."
— James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The Farewell is a more substantive, engrossing and ultimately deeper work about the bonds that hold and strengthen us."
— Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
"'The Farewell' is so unexpectedly and deliciously funny that watching it feels like a tonic — an immersion in love and art."
— Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"The Farewell pays delightful, insightful homage to the facades and pretenses nearly everyone adopts in the name of compassion."
— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Wang, who has made only one prior feature (the little-seen 2014 comedy Posthumous), distinguishes herself as a thrilling new voice in filmmaking by crafting one of the most sensitively told stories of the year."
— David Sims, The Atlantic
"Grief and love coexist in The Farewell, as do truth and fiction, past and present, sorrow and joy. It’s an outstanding, quietly devastating, deeply personal story, and one that’s destined to put Wang firmly on the map."
— Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
"While writer/director Lulu Wang’s film is obviously personal and culturally specific, it achieves a universality and a resonance through its vivid depiction of a family in the midst of crisis."
— Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
"Extraordinary on every level, Lulu Wang's The Farewell starring an award-caliber Awkwafina builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture, leaving you with cathartic tears."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Farewell has a special feeling about it. It’s full of truth and emotion, and lacking in sentimentality. It has an eye for absurdity and for the telling detail, and it marks Lulu Wang as a director with the rare but essential ability to make you care about what she cares about. It will go down as one of the standout movies of 2019."
— Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film is a heady, gentle and emotional journey, but Wang also packs the frame with layered conversation and funny background action. She makes the family dynamics feel universally familiar while also presenting an authentic portrait of China and Chinese families."
— Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
"Wang, along with her stellar cast, manages to deftly weave droll, observational family comedy with deeply resonant examinations of the role of family and culture in our lives. It’s naturalistic without feeling downbeat, farcical without being goofy, and treats its cultural signposts with a sensitivity and honesty few filmmakers can achieve."
— Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound