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The Words Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

It's nothing you haven't seen before in films about struggling artists spending more time obsessing than working.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C+

May 26, 2013
Rich Cline

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2013

Engrossing morality tale about lying, guilt and just how great a character actor Jeremy Irons has turned into.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2012
Liam Maguren

This isn't an Oscar-contending powerhouse drama; it's a film dedicated to expressing its message.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A fable and a lesson, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable one, delivered with masterful performances and a great sense of storytelling tradition

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 7, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

A wonderful screenplay in which three stories are skilfully interwoven to deliver a rich and satisfying film that questions integrity above all else

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 7, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

October 5, 2012
Ben Kendrick

Despite an exposition-heavy outer layer, The Words delivers on 2/3 threads that it presents and offers a somewhat evocative meditation on truth.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

One of the meatiest movies of the year ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 5/5

September 25, 2012
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

One of those thoughtful films that arrives after a summer of sequels and superheroes.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 14, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper

The look of the film, the intensity of the stories within stories, the musical score, and above all the nuanced acting by Cooper, Quaid and Jeremy Irons make this more than an ordinary film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

September 11, 2012
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Employing the murky plot construction of a story within a story within a story, The Words is well acted, thoughtful and too clever by half.

Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 3/5

September 10, 2012
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Those willing to accept the movie on its own terms will almost certainly savor the opportunity to ponder the many engaging questions that it poses.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

There is a genuine, high-minded earnestness about the film that, unfortunately, falls well short of its goals.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6

September 7, 2012
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly

...a romantic tragedy about the life of being a writer, meaning that many reviewers may 'get' what is going on here the way non-writers may not.

Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 7, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Continuously intriguing but ultimately only semi-satisfying. It has a lot going in its favor...(but) the payoff isn't as good or effective as it could and should have been. Still, I can recommend it to moviegoers hungry for thought-provoking fare.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B

September 7, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

It manages to be literary and populist at the same time, in its story about the price of dreams and what any of us might be willing to do for love, success or both.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

September 7, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is a film that's thoughtful and elegant, with just enough loose strings to keep things intriguing.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

September 7, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A clever, entertaining yarn that doesn't bear close scrutiny.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 6, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Words resonates - richly, remarkably.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2012
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