This tedious and needlessly convoluted drama ... just meanders aimlessly.
| Original Score: D+
A movie about a bad author who steals the book of a good author, and I'm pretty certain that The Words, if pressed, wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
| Original Score: C-
It's nothing you haven't seen before in films about struggling artists spending more time obsessing than working.
| Original Score: C+
Its long, dry patches of colourless storytelling suggest it makes more sense as a book, one to read before you fall asleep to dream of better movies.
| Original Score: 1/5
In a relevant study of plagiarism, influences and lifetime experiences, The Words chiefly reminds us that the past is indelible.
| Original Score: 3/5
Like a Russian nesting doll, this film tells a story within a story within another story, playing around with fact and fiction, as well as the nature of creative inspiration and integrity.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, makes 'The Words' interesting.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The Words becomes one of the year's most irritating movies.
| Original Score: 2/4
Engrossing morality tale about lying, guilt and just how great a character actor Jeremy Irons has turned into.
I like the idea but The Words is a little too preachy, too melodramatic for my liking.
| Original Score: B-
This isn't an Oscar-contending powerhouse drama; it's a film dedicated to expressing its message.
Melodrama built on a shallow, contrived literary device.
| Original Score: 2/5
Literary soapie The Words is mutton dressed as bespectacled lamb.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A fable and a lesson, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable one, delivered with masterful performances and a great sense of storytelling tradition
A wonderful screenplay in which three stories are skilfully interwoven to deliver a rich and satisfying film that questions integrity above all else
Maybe it's the timing of the release, coming at the dead zone of post-summer and pre-fall cinematic fare..but 'The Words' has enough going for it to be recommended.
| Original Score: B
A dreadful misfire, particularly for Cooper, who is otherwise pursuing an interesting career trajectory away from The Hangover series.
Despite an exposition-heavy outer layer, The Words delivers on 2/3 threads that it presents and offers a somewhat evocative meditation on truth.
One of the meatiest movies of the year ...
| Original Score: 5/5
Things get confusing whenever Quaid appears as the audience is never sure if he is the real bogus author or if Cooper even exists.