A Thousand Words (2012)



Critic Consensus: Dated jokes (A Thousand Words was shot in 2008) and removing Eddie Murphy's voice -- his greatest comedic asset -- dooms this painful mess from the start.

Movie Info

Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Robbins, Norm Golightly, Steve Koren
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2012
Box Office: $18.4M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Jack McCall

as Caroline McCall

as Dr. Sinja

as Aaron Wiseberger

as Samantha Davis

as Annie McCall

as Tyler McCall

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as Robert Gilmore

as Gil Reed

as Don Parker

as Young Jack

as 10 Year Old Girl

as Young Annie

as Woman in Starbucks

as Construction Worker

as Starbucks Customer

as Starbucks Customer

as Starbucks Customer

as Starbucks Customer

as Shrink

as Valet

as Male Agent

as Young Female Agent

as Crying Student

as Young Student

as Sinja Aide

as Sinja Aide

as Mariachi Band Leader

as Starbucks Barista

as Blind Man

as French Businessman

as French Businessman

as Hostess

as Waiter

as Kid Space Teacher

as Sensitive Dad #1

as Sensitive Dad #2

as Overly Enthused Dad

as Kid Space Mom

as Hotel Employee

as Gaudencio Assistant

as Homeless Man

as Ice Cream Vendor

as Man On Pier

as Woman On Pier
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Critic Reviews for A Thousand Words

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (21)

The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A thousand words? Try two words: stay away. Murphy does a pretty good job keeping up with the various indignities heaped on him but the movie as a whole ends up sinking.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars' weaknesses.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
The National

You've got one of the funniest verbal actors in the business in Eddie Murphy, and you put him in a movie where he can't talk. It's already a recipe for disaster.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Movie Metropolis

'A Thousand Words' is not unspeakably awful.

Full Review… | April 21, 2012
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The sort of awful formulaic crud that 30 Rock brilliantly mocked just before Leap Day.

Full Review… | March 28, 2012
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for A Thousand Words

Another free library rental that I wouldn't have paid full price (actually, anything) for.
Wasn't expecting a great deal, but this was okay to watch once.
Ending is enough to make you vomit, but leading up to it is okay with some amusing situations and characters. In particular I liked Jack Mcbrayer as the barista.
Quite an original idea for this genre. Sounds ridiculous on paper, but actually it does work. I do agree with the comments that Eddie does not have the facial expressions to pull off silence.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


It may be better and have more heart that some of Eddie Murphy's recent live action films, but "A Thousand Words" is surrounded by laughable performances, a horribly written script (seriously, a 10-year-old could have written this), and sloppy direction. Eddie Murphy is fine in this role and the whole second chance at being a good person is presented well, but that's about it. Any obstacle he tries to prevent himself from talking is thrown out the window because some of it actually counts as him talking which makes no sense and contradicts the films' "comedy." I chuckled a few times in the beginning when he actually spoke, but once his voice drops, so does the movie. It may not be a terrible film, but it is still very very bad. With tacked on emotional moments and cliched dialogue to make you feel for the characters, this film falls flat on it's face and had me staring at the film when it was trying to be funny and laughing when it was trying to be serious. This film is unsure of what it wants to do, but I'll give credit to the broad idea that the film has. "A Thousand Words" is a very bad, but watchable film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Eddie Murphy. What happened to your taste in movie roles? This was the stupidest movie..not funny at all. Just stupid.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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