The Words Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
April 19, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
October 19, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liam Maguren
October 11, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 7, 2012

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

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 7, 2012

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

Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012

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 | Original Score: B
Ben Kendrick
September 27, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 25, 2012

One of the meatiest movies of the year ...

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 14, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
September 11, 2012

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 | Original Score: 8/10
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
September 10, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 7, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Kirk Honeycutt
September 7, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
September 7, 2012

...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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 7, 2012

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 | Original Score: B
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 7, 2012

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
September 7, 2012

This is a film that's thoughtful and elegant, with just enough loose strings to keep things intriguing.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
September 6, 2012

A clever, entertaining yarn that doesn't bear close scrutiny.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
September 6, 2012

The Words resonates - richly, remarkably.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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