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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 26, 2008
Wang seems to be trying for the reflective silence and emotionally fraught familial relationships of a Yasujiro Ozu film, but his characters are too underdeveloped to support the weight of such expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2008
This modest and lovely film is a welcome reprieve after the explosion-filled slate of summer movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 26, 2008
A refreshingly small, delicate picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Pais
September 25, 2008
Without much progress or revelation in the plot, this is a case where slow and steady doesn't always win the race.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor
September 25, 2008
[Wayne] Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers gives the impression of a director reborn, or at least a director who has his mojo back after closely studying the masterpieces of family life by Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2008
A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 19, 2008
Wang's direction is nuanced, and while A Thousand Years of Good Prayers isn't his best work, it is light years ahead of his Hollywood output.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 19, 2008
There's a gentle beauty in these long, anguished silences, and Wang and his actors make the most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
September 19, 2008
Sincere and dignified to a fault, it feels like a shrink-wrapped version of a more penetrating study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 19, 2008
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is a gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 18, 2008
Wang fails to integrate the philosophy of Li's fiction into the action of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 18, 2008
Sensitively explores the chilly reunion of a Chinese father and his American daughter who dance around a divisive family secret.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Douglas
September 18, 2008
Both a departure and a welcome return to form for Wang as an indie auteur, a beautiful and incredibly moving story of real life relationships that exudes subtlety and self-control in a refreshing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2008
Modest in the least engaging sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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