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.
| Original Score: 2/10
a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars' weaknesses.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
'A Thousand Words' is not unspeakably awful.
| Original Score: 2/4
The sort of awful formulaic crud that 30 Rock brilliantly mocked just before Leap Day.
| Original Score: 1/4
Hopelessly underwhelming from start to finish...
Murphy, without the words to go along with his bug-eyed double-takes and the mugging, is lost here... He's never been a silent comic, and never will be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
... equal parts labored allegory without resonance and forced comedy without laughs ...
| Original Score: 2/5
Like a bad penny, Eddie Murphy is back again, in a family-friendly PG-13 comedy that nobody wants to see.
| Original Score: C-
There is something almost poignant in the way Eddie Murphy so palpably desires to make a meaningful film about enlightenment. The almost comes from the difference between that aspiration and the painfully ill-conceived follow-through
The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is not a punchy enough punch line to carry a whole film.
This lame, wannabe comedy is an unmitigated disaster.
Maybe Murphy should give future scripts a less cursory perusal.
A Thousand Words ends up incomplete and disingenuous, and worse, not a frame of it is funny.
| Original Score: D+
Not the worst Eddie Murphy movie but certainly not his best either
| Original Score: 5/10
It isn't a horrible movie, at least not in comparison to Norbit from the same star and director, but it is a dispiritingly dull and cynical one.
Sometimes it's hard to tell quite where the incisions start and stop throughout this already uneven creation.
While not descending to the level of Murphy's worst work--'Pluto Nash' still stands unchallenged--it's a bland, negligible example of the 'becoming a better person through magic' scenario.
Makes The Adventures of Pluto Nash look like Beverly Hills Cop!
| Original Score: 0/4
It suffers from being too broad.