A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews

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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 21, 2010
Quizás el film más personal de Wayne Wang, un sobrio y cálido relato sobre las barreras culturales, idiomáticas o emocionales que suelen separar a los seres humanos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leo Goldsmith
August 8, 2009
Wang's new film suggests not only a return to form but also the revival of an old theme from his early Asian-American dramedies: the different ways that certain generations translate and adapt their cultural heritage
Don Willmott
May 30, 2009
Well-written, beautifully shot, and meticulously acted
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 16, 2008
As in most of Wang's films, a memorable cast of characters compensates for a serviceable plot.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2008
A keenly observed portrait of a parent and child estranged by geography, language, ideology and generation. In other words, a universal story of family in the age of globalization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 14, 2008
This is a nice, quietly heartwarming film. The tone really got through to me. I never laughed out loud, but always had a steady grin. Charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 7, 2008
It's a short story of a movie: delicate, modest, beautifully observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2008
Wang's approach is measured and restrained, his shots simple and immaculate, the emotional stakes deepening scene by scene. It's a miniature gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
November 6, 2008
A lovely film of small intentions, yet embellished with an enormous heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2008
Touching look at a father's and daughter's strained relationship as they struggle through gaps of culture, language, gender, and historical context.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Patrick Z. McGavin
Screen International
October 18, 2008
The minor key and quietly observational work is not earth-shattering or particularly urgent, though it enables a talented filmmaker to work through personal ideas about assimilation and family conflict in an open, smart and gracious way.
Kim Voynar
October 18, 2008
Meticulously paced and beautifully shot.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 17, 2008
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers feels like a fragile wafer of a movie, but it fills you like a three-course meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
October 14, 2008
A Chinese father visiting his Americanized daughter in Washington finds communication difficult, but the film offers rewards for the patient.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 9, 2008
An intensely observed, small-scale family drama involving disagreement between generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
September 26, 2008
It's a mildly poignant generation-gap story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2008
Rich in revealing detail and apt in its use of everyday Spokane settings, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers shows that Wang remains a master explorer of the landscape of the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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