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The Words Reviews

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A mostly middling drama.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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The story-within-a-story-within-a-story is so slight and inconsequential, like the tiniest of a set of Russian nesting dolls, that we may be forgiven for letting our minds wander toward bedtime and tomorrow's errands.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

September 7, 2012
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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The premise is ambitious -- if not a little hokey -- but the meager themes of ephemeral authorship and constructed realities aren't exactly revelatory.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 7, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Bradley Cooper's funniest movie since "The Hangover" - unfortunately, unintentionally this time ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

September 7, 2012
Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail
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This film's layered storytelling lacks the fluidity, grace, or good humour, to pull off its conceit.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2012
Frank Lovece
Newsday
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Romanticized claptrap.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

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
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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A well-acted but narratively limp indie that's undermined by a failure to connect emotionally with its audience.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 7, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It would have been more fun if I'd brought something to throw at the screen.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 6, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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It's a snooze.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 6, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Writer/directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal chose to make The Words as bland and obvious as its title, wringing out any subtlety or artistry.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Words" is a decent, ambitious, unoriginal film about a decent, ambitious, unoriginal writer. Both aim for greatness. Both fall short.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 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
Ella Taylor
NPR
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The Words founders on a spurious dichotomy between love and art.

Full Review Source: NPR

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
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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I had planned to watch it, but there's nothing to see.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It reinforces the misconception that great works arrive in a burst of creativity brought on by a tragic love affair, ideally in Paris.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 6, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Even with one story line and time frame too many, the movie conjures a mean Faustian bargain and leaves a classic dramatic question hanging in its air: What would you do if faced with similar circumstances?

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

September 6, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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While it's no chore to watch so many appealing actors, it does feel like something of a waste to see them hemmed in by such flat material.

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

September 6, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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For the most part, it's an adequate romantic drama orbiting an intriguing moral dilemma, but the decision to use a three-layered approach to tell the story makes little sense from a dramatic or narrative perspective.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Witlessly titled and executed...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 6, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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As good looking but shallow as its multiple leading men.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 6, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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The problem is with the three nested stories themselves, which...are treacly variations on what a not-too-inventive Nicholas Sparks enthusiast might imagine to be Hemingway-esque.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 6, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The fatal flaw of this screenwriting term paper is that Cooper's character is a boring jerk we're supposed to regard as a nice guy who made an honest mistake.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Words is a movie about writing and books made by people who apparently rarely read.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

September 6, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You wish it were better than it is, simply because nobody ever makes literary thrillers these days.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2012
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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It becomes preoccupied with exploring its fiction vs. reality theme and connecting the dots of its many plot strands at the expense of character development.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 6, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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What do we learn? That it's bad to steal the work and identify of other people. For this we need an oh-so-serious movie?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Not bad.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting. I can't go so far as to say I cared about the story, particularly after it became clear that its structure was too clever by half.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
Film.com
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Another actor might have made us feel something complicated for this troubled soul, but Cooper merely looks like the kind of guy who would steal another man's story.

Full Review Source: Film.com

September 5, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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A lush but fumbling literary melodrama outfitted with an attractive, generations-spanning cast and a puzzle box of three competing narratives.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"The Words" leaves nothing to the imagination, smothering all these storylines in narration that spells out the actions we're seeing or emotions we could infer for ourselves.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out New York
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By the time a grizzled Jeremy Irons saunters in, ready to dole out a comeuppance, perceptive viewers will have mentally flipped to the last page.

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

September 4, 2012
Rob Nelson
Variety
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A literary film that stands to work best for those who don't read.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 30, 2012
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