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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

September 26, 2008
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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This modest and lovely film is a welcome reprieve after the explosion-filled slate of summer movies.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A refreshingly small, delicate picture.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 26, 2008
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

Without much progress or revelation in the plot, this is a case where slow and steady doesn't always win the race.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2008
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor

[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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

September 25, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 24, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There's a gentle beauty in these long, anguished silences, and Wang and his actors make the most of it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Sincere and dignified to a fault, it feels like a shrink-wrapped version of a more penetrating study.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is a gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

September 19, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Wang fails to integrate the philosophy of Li's fiction into the action of the story.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

September 18, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Sensitively explores the chilly reunion of a Chinese father and his American daughter who dance around a divisive family secret.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2008
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 9/10

September 18, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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Both culturally specific and achingly universal, Wayne Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers contemplates the ravages of time and distance -- physical, emotional and cultural -- on a parent-child relationship.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

September 17, 2008
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Modest in the least engaging sense of the term.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 14, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B+

October 18, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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