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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Has a jangly, improvisational tone, with nuanced moments of humor and pathos. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Very little actually happens, since most of the time Mr. Shi sits alone in Yilan's empty apartment, wondering how to help her. But there's a gentle beauty in these long, anguished silences, and Wang and his actors make the most of it. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Modest but moving, a finely observed portrait of a father/daughter relationship that will resonate deeply for many viewers. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In observing the reality of this relationship, Wang contemplates the "generation gap" in modern societies all over the world. His film quietly, carefully, movingly observes how these two people of the same blood will never be able to understand each other, and the younger one won't even care to. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    An intelligent look at family dynamics set in a boring Washington State suburb where Bible-thumping Mormons come knocking on your door. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie is almost willfully dull, for its real subject is everything we never say to our parents, or they to us. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Lee The New York Times

    A gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking. There’s a tonic simplicity to how it gets the job done, and if the film comes off as fairly conventional stuff, it nevertheless succeeds on its own modest, middlebrow terms. show more

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