88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
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.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
An intelligent look at family dynamics set in a boring Washington State suburb where Bible-thumping Mormons come knocking on your door.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie is almost willfully dull, for its real subject is everything we never say to our parents, or they to us.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Has a jangly, improvisational tone, with nuanced moments of humor and pathos.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Modest but moving, a finely observed portrait of a father/daughter relationship that will resonate deeply for many viewers.
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70

Village Voice

There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.
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70

The New York Times

By Nathan Lee
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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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