A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Wayne Wang's intimate drama A Thousand Years of Good Prayers stars Henry O as Mr. Shi, a Chinese man who, after the death of his wife, decides to travel to the United States in order to see his estranged daughter for the first time in over a decade. Their time together is awkward at first, seeing each other only at dinner when he cooks for her. Shi spends his days taking in the strange culture, improving his language skills, and making a friend in an Iranian woman. Eventually his persistent attempts to forge a connection with his daughter lead to some buried issues bursting forth between… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As in most of Wang's films, a memorable cast of characters compensates for a serviceable plot."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"A quiet work with Ozu-like structure and concerns, but remains more an intellectual exercise than one from the heart."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Quizás el film más personal de Wayne Wang, un sobrio y cálido relato sobre las barreras culturales, idiomáticas o emocionales que suelen separar a los seres humanos."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"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."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Touching look at a father's and daughter's strained relationship as they struggle through gaps of culture, language, gender, and historical context."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers feels like a fragile wafer of a movie, but it fills you like a three-course meal."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"It's a short story of a movie: delicate, modest, beautifully observed."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The minor key and quietly observational work is not earth-shattering or particularly urgent, though it enables a talented filmmaker to work through personal ideas about assimilation and family conflict in an open, smart and gracious way."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Screen International
"Wang's approach is measured and restrained, his shots simple and immaculate, the emotional stakes deepening scene by scene. It's a miniature gem."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An intensely observed, small-scale family drama involving disagreement between generations."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Well-written, beautifully shot, and meticulously acted"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"A lovely film of small intentions, yet embellished with an enormous heart."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Meticulously paced and beautifully shot."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
More reviews for A Thousand Years of Good Prayers on Rotten Tomatoes