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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
December 16, 2008
As in most of Wang's films, a memorable cast of characters compensates for a serviceable plot.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 18, 2008
A quiet work with Ozu-like structure and concerns, but remains more an intellectual exercise than one from the heart.
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
October 9, 2008
An intensely observed, small-scale family drama involving disagreement between generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 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
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-
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
September 24, 2008
A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
September 19, 2008
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is a gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 17, 2008
There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.