A Thousand and One

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A tribute to parental devotion and a testament to Teyana Taylor's talent, A Thousand and One presents a heart-wrenching portrait of perseverance in the face of systemic inequity.
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    Ryan GilbeyNew Statesman
    The director maps the contours of a destabilised existence. It is one thing to put us in Terry and Inez’s shoes, quite another to make us feel, as Rockwell does, the ground shifting unpredictably beneath them.
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    Amon WarmannEmpire Magazine
    Come for Taylor’s breakout performance, stay for a tender, confidently told story of Black motherhood and sacrifice. Rockwell is one to watch.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    The directorial debut from AV Rockwell is rather special.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    [A] heartfelt melodrama that consistently sparks and sputters without ever fully igniting.
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    Leslie FelperinFinancial Times
    The delicately pitched performances, luminous cinematography and quiet, jazzy score counteract [any] excess, creating a stately feel that’s rare in stories of contemporary urban suffering.
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    D. WatkinsSalon.com
    Sacrifice is the critical ingredient in survival for those of us who grew up Black and poor, and this film knocks that fact out of the park, so well that the act of sacrifice becomes kind of a character.
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    Dominic GriffinThe Baltimore Beat
    ...through Taylor’s excellent screen work, it functions so potently as a portrait of the real people left by the wayside by institutions designed to catch them when they fall.
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    Diego BatlleOtroscines.com
    A Thousand and One never ceases to engange and, at times, even move. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Juan Pablo RussoEscribiendoCine
    A Thousand One stands out for its sophisticated direction and imaginative visual representation that captures the beauty and vitality of the city, as well as the specific economic struggles of lower-middle-class African Americans. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    Terry and his friends are frequently harassed by police under Mayor Rudy Guiliani's 'stop-and-frisk' policies. Against all these social currents, Inez struggles heroically. Even when it looks like she's defeated, her love for Terry and Lucky triumphs.
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