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A Thousand Words Reviews

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A.A. Dowd
Time Out
March 9, 2012
The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 9, 2012
Does Eddie Murphy actually have any range, or is it just an illusion created by a few early edgy roles and, later, a lot of CGI makeup and fat suits?
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2012
Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 9, 2012
It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a dead-serious dramatic role - do anything but star in another movie like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 9, 2012
What you don't have is a funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 9, 2012
The idea of taking one of Hollywood's best-known motor-mouths and reducing him to mugging and charades is definitely novel - and utterly misguided.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 9, 2012
Even 2003 Robin Williams would have thunked this script in the fireplace by page 50.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
March 9, 2012
Even when "A Thousand Words" is counseling us to just be quiet and in the moment, it can't just be quiet and in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
March 8, 2012
In the simplicity of its premise it embodies the notion of high-concept entertainment. In its execution it demonstrates how technical efficiency can drain the life from a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
March 8, 2012
Even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 8, 2012
The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal. Plus, Murphy alternately hams it up and phones it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 8, 2012
A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave.
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 8, 2012
Shallow performances, script and direction mute the laughs and the insights in a movie that ultimately doesn't have much to say.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 8, 2012
Every emotion is loudly broadcast, every development repeatedly telegraphed. Kids who can't keep up with the demanding complexities of Sesame Street will be able to follow this one.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 7, 2012
The high point of the movie, for me, was when I got up from my seat and walked over to a guy who was texting in the theater and asked him to shut his phone off.
| Original Score: 1/4