A Thousand Years of Good Prayers - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews

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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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2008
Modest in the least engaging sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
A quiet work with Ozu-like structure and concerns, but remains more an intellectual exercise than one from the heart.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
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
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Neely Tucker
Washington Post
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.
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+
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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.
| Original Score: C-
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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
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
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
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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.
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
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
Filmcritic.com
May 30, 2009
Well-written, beautifully shot, and meticulously acted
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 7, 2008
It's a short story of a movie: delicate, modest, beautifully observed.
| 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
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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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 6, 2008
A lovely film of small intentions, yet embellished with an enormous heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 26, 2008
A refreshingly small, delicate picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
October 18, 2008
Meticulously paced and beautifully shot.
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