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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews

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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
September 14, 2008
Modest in the least engaging sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
The emptiness felt by Yiyun Li's characters doesn't seem as much the result of an emotional void than a too-thin plot.
October 18, 2008
A quiet work with Ozu-like structure and concerns, but remains more an intellectual exercise than one from the heart.
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
October 3, 2008
A Thousand Years is imbued with these melancholy images, but it may leave you longing for a story to make you care.
September 18, 2008
Wang fails to integrate the philosophy of Li's fiction into the action of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
October 9, 2008
An intensely observed, small-scale family drama involving disagreement between generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
September 17, 2008
There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.
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
May 30, 2009
Well-written, beautifully shot, and meticulously acted
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
November 7, 2008
It's a short story of a movie: delicate, modest, beautifully observed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
November 6, 2008
A lovely film of small intentions, yet embellished with an enormous heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 26, 2008
A refreshingly small, delicate picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2008
Meticulously paced and beautifully shot.
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