Warner Bros. Crazy Rich Asians

Last updated date: August 15, 2019

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Warner Bros. Crazy Rich Asians

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Expert Summarized Score
12 expert reviews
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What experts liked
As much as this is a love story, “Crazy Rich Asians” is very much about powerful women at its center. We catch a glimpse of some of the anti-Asian discrimination Eleanor faced back when Nick was a child, and how she wields wealth like a weapon against enemies and intruders.
- Roger Ebert
August 15, 2018 | Full review
And the Crazy Rich Asians here do have a superpower, the same superpower as Bruce Wayne: they are crazy rich! There’s a cheerful honesty in the title.
- The Guardian
Initially the film is jolly and sweet, with jokes that raise a smile if not an out-loud laugh, but it gets more charming and funnier as the characters bed in and their real insecurities beneath their expensive surface start to show through.
- Empire
The film makes sure every extravagant detail pops, and some will probably dismiss this as an orgy for shopaholics, consigned to being a guilty pleasure at best.
- Rolling Stone
August 13, 2018 | Full review
The filmmakers stir occasional bursts of raucous humor into the mix, primarily via Peik Lin's family or Bernard (Jimmy O. Yang), an obnoxious overgrown frat boy who takes charge of Colin's lavish bachelor weekend.
- The Hollywood Reporter
August 8, 2018 | Full review
And this is one massive ensemble she’s working with, so much so that it can be tough to keep the characters straight. Money may be the surface distraction here, but the true theme is family — and what it means to Asian culture in particular.
- Variety
August 8, 2018 | Full review
Crazy Rich Asians is a groundbreaker for lots of reasons, but having a woman at its center who grows and becomes stronger without compromising her own moral center in the midst of unimaginable glamour is one of them.
- Vox
August 25, 2018 | Full review
Crazy Rich Asians isn’t really about crazy rich Asians anyway, so much as one American who gains a greater appreciation of where she comes from. It’s a great romance, but it’s most powerful as a story of her love with herself.
- Slate
August 8, 2018 | Full review
At the heart of Crazy Rich Asians lies an important lesson about passing down traditions from one generation to the next, and in a sense, Jon M. Chu is doing this with the rom-com genre. S
- Cinema Blend
Crazy Rich Asians is essentially an updated version of that beloved fairy tale. Only this time around, it's the heroine who doesn't know the identity of the man she's fallen in love with, instead of the other way around.
- Plugged In
Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy that makes audiences laugh out loud and root for its leads while also feeling new and presenting larger motifs about representation and familial expectations.
- TV Guide
Crazy Rich Asians is packed with oversize characters (and one too many pointless side plots), but it’s really a love triangle about moms. Once that’s made all too clear, it’s hard to get too excited about another opulent shindig, but Chu sends us out with one anyway, just making sure that we get several glasses of bubbly to wash down all that immigrant talk.
- Vulture
August 8, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
I would add that the issue of erasing Asians from the movie screen has been a problem if you rigidly stick to Hollywood and have no interest at all in Asian movies.
- The Guardian
Chu's pacing is uneven, and the film lags especially when Rachel and Nick are kept apart for extended periods.
- The Hollywood Reporter
August 8, 2018 | Full review
Mind you, the premise for Crazy Rich Asians is built on a flimsy foundation.
- Cinema Blend
That said, this film's admittedly likeable characters still make their way through a storyline that's got some problem areas to navigate. Most notably, they include language and sexual innuendo, weaknesses that tarnish this PG-13 romcom's otherwise broad appeal.
- Plugged In

From The Manufacturer

Based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller. Native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her boyfriend to his best friend's wedding in Singapore and meets his family for the first time.

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