• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Brian Robbins
    In Theaters:
    Mar 9, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 26, 2012
  • Paramount Pictures

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A Thousand Words Reviews

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/10

September 15, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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With "A Thousand Words," Murphy plunges headlong back into the swamp of insipid comedies he'd just crawled his way out of.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
James Luxford
The National

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

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 1/5

August 30, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out New York
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The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

March 9, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 23, 2012
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Like a bad penny, Eddie Murphy is back again, in a family-friendly PG-13 comedy that nobody wants to see.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

March 19, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The poster art for "A Thousand Words" shows Eddie Murphy with duct tape over his mouth, which as a promotional idea ranks right up there with Fred Astaire in leg irons.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 8, 2012
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

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.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: C-

March 12, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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A Thousand Words marks yet another lazy, "family-friendly" comedy in which Murphy phones it in -- remember when this guy was dangerously funny? -- and wastes the talents of a supporting cast that also includes Allison Janney and Jack McBrayer.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

March 8, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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In "A Thousand Words" the camera stays about two inches from Murphy's hyperactive face, and you start to see the strain and desperation in the actor's eyes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

March 8, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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Follows directly in the footsteps of Bruce Almighty, Click, Liar Liar, Groundhog Day and any other post-Freaky Friday high-concept redemption story that inevitably crossed Tim Allen and Adam Sandler's desks at some point.

Full Review Source: Film.com

March 9, 2012
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Maybe Murphy should give future scripts a less cursory perusal.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2012
Alison Willmore
Movieline

Remember Eddie Murphy? He used to be hilarious.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 4/10

March 9, 2012
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

Makes The Adventures of Pluto Nash look like Beverly Hills Cop!

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 0/4

March 10, 2012
John Hazelton
Screen International

This high-concept Eddie Murphy vehicle is weak even by the low standards of the star's recent output.

Full Review Source: Screen International

March 10, 2012
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

another sour note in the continuing symphony which is Eddie's contemporary career irrelevance

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

March 9, 2012
Thomas Leupp
Hollywood.com

There is a surprising sweetness and sincerity that manifests during the third act, enough to acquit the film of charges of cynicism. Its crimes against comedy, however, are not so easily forgiven.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 9, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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If only this Eddie Murphy flick had taken its own advice and spent a little more time being reflective instead of hyperactive, it might have overcome a trite script and awful, obvious excuses for comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

A Thousand Words? I can review this ridiculously bad Eddie Murphy comedy in 500 words.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)

March 8, 2012
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

A Thousand Words ends up incomplete and disingenuous, and worse, not a frame of it is funny.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D+

March 13, 2012
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