A Thousand and One - Movie Reviews (2024)

A Thousand and One Reviews

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Shadan Larki InSession 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.

Full Review | Apr 19, 2024

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Dominic Griffin The 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.

Full Review | Feb 13, 2024

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Diego Batlle Otroscines.com

A Thousand and One never ceases to engange and, at times, even move. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Jan 30, 2024

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Juan Pablo Russo EscribiendoCine

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]

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10 | Jan 29, 2024

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B | Jan 27, 2024

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Pedro Gallego Espinof

Rockwell's direction achieves a perfect sense of intimacy in its portrayal of this complicated and even extreme situation, and avoids falling into too many melodramatic tendencies to explore an evolving relationship... [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Jan 5, 2024

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Ana Yorke PopMatters

Several knife-turning twists will rattle you whole before the end, but there’s no gimmick. The pain is real. A Thousand and One is an astoundingly accomplished debut film that stays with you long after the curtain falls.

Full Review | Dec 29, 2023

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Bill Newcott The Saturday Evening Post

First-time feature writer/director A.V. Rockwell deftly navigates the epic narrative, including a finale that somehow both breaks your heart and sends your spirit soaring.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 21, 2023

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Jared Mobarak Hey, Have You Seen ...?

It helps that Rockwell found actors who were able to give the material the authenticity it demands by portraying imperfect souls struggling to be better even as they find themselves failing again and again.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10 | Nov 22, 2023

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Ruben Peralta Rigaud Cocalecas

A very dynamic family portrait in which the characters are molded by their own decisions as well as external forces. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review | Oct 5, 2023

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James Croot Stuff.co.nz

A Thousand and One is one of the most absorbing and immersive dramas of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Sep 21, 2023

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John Serba Decider

Rockwell maintains simmering tension beneath a rock-solid character-driven story...

Full Review | Sep 20, 2023

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Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid

Taylor is the secret weapon here. She's gorgeous and ferocious and never hits a false note.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.4/5 | Sep 16, 2023

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Jeffrey Peterson Naija Nerds

Overall, A Thousand and One is a solid film, with a good script, particularly from a dialogue standpoint. The characters don’t often overdo their lines and the team brings fresh approaches to common situations.

Full Review | Sep 7, 2023

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Sarah Vincent Cambridge Day

The best revenge is living well, and Inez, a criminal mastermind, rejects the laws of this world and their condemnation to navigate life on her own terms.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Aug 16, 2023

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Jillian Chilingerian Offscreen Central

A.V. Rockwell writes a love letter to mothers and the marginalized communities of New York through a painful character study following a mother-son relationship living in an ever-changing city.

Full Review | Jul 25, 2023

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Zach Pope Zach Pope Reviews

A Thousand and One will shatter your heart & with a third act mic drop that completely changes the story it only becomes more devastating. A strong debut from A.V ROCKWELL!

Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Jul 22, 2023

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Robert Horton The Scarecrow

Reminded me of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films, and their method of allowing time and occurrences to build the movie, until a sort of emotional plateau is achieved.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Jul 7, 2023

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Loren King Newport This Week (RI)

The film is anchored by the unforgettable powerhouse performance from Teyana Taylor as Inez, a young woman whose swagger and defiant scowl mask a lifetime of neglect and pain.

Full Review | May 26, 2023

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Leo Brady AMovieGuy.com

A Thousand and One will be tough to swallow but it’s rooted in reality. That’s what makes it great.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | May 17, 2023

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