A Thousand Words Reviews

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/10
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
March 8, 2012
With "A Thousand Words," Murphy plunges headlong back into the swamp of insipid comedies he'd just crawled his way out of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Luxford
The National
August 30, 2012
a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars' weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.A. Dowd
Time Out
March 9, 2012
The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 19, 2012
Like a bad penny, Eddie Murphy is back again, in a family-friendly PG-13 comedy that nobody wants to see.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 8, 2012
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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William Goss
Film.com
March 9, 2012
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.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
March 14, 2012
Maybe Murphy should give future scripts a less cursory perusal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alison Willmore
Movieline
March 9, 2012
Remember Eddie Murphy? He used to be hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
March 10, 2012
Makes The Adventures of Pluto Nash look like Beverly Hills Cop!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John Hazelton
Screen International
March 10, 2012
This high-concept Eddie Murphy vehicle is weak even by the low standards of the star's recent output.
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
March 9, 2012
another sour note in the continuing symphony which is Eddie's contemporary career irrelevance
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Thomas Leupp
Hollywood.com
March 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
March 8, 2012
A Thousand Words? I can review this ridiculously bad Eddie Murphy comedy in 500 words.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 13, 2012
A Thousand Words ends up incomplete and disingenuous, and worse, not a frame of it is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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