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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    Shanelle GenaiThe Root
    "And while strides may have been made to put more space between their fucked up beginning and the bright future ahead for Terry—the truth that’s been stewing and haunting their home built on lies is bound to bubble over to the surface."
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    Jeffrey OverstreetLooking Closer
    Every performance in the film feels just right, making this film's time-jumping narrative seem authentic at every turn. And the main event ... is the performance of Teyana Taylor as Inez.
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    A Thousand and One is often a quiet film, even in its scenes of strife and devastation of both the emotional and financial varieties.
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    Shadan LarkiInSession Film
    Teyana Taylor is magnetic as a young mother trying to do what is best for herself and her son against the tide of an increasingly gentrified New York City, many broken systems, and little support.
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