A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it may not be as profound as its pacing would suggest, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers delicately examines familial issues in an earnest fashion.

Leo Goldsmith

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

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wang's approach is measured and restrained, his shots simple and immaculate, the emotional stakes deepening scene by scene. It's a miniature gem.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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.

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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

As in most of Wang's films, a memorable cast of characters compensates for a serviceable plot.

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Todd McCarthy

A quiet work with Ozu-like structure and concerns, but remains more an intellectual exercise than one from the heart.

Don Willmott

Well-written, beautifully shot, and meticulously acted

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers feels like a fragile wafer of a movie, but it fills you like a three-course meal.

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]Sensitively directed by Wayne Wang, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" is a deeply moving film about Shi(Henry O), a retired… More
Leo L
A captivating movie that follows a lonely widower's journey to see his estranged daughter in America. Leaving poignant memories behind in China, Mr. Shi… More