A Thousand Words Reviews

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September 8, 2017
A disastrous comedy at times, with a few unexpected touching moments sprinkled throughout, A Thousand Words fails to come together like it should, and becomes a forgettable mess.
March 16, 2012
The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is not a punchy enough punch line to carry a whole film.
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.
March 11, 2012
Sometimes it's hard to tell quite where the incisions start and stop throughout this already uneven creation.
March 9, 2012
The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.
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?
March 9, 2012
Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy.
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.
March 9, 2012
Remember Eddie Murphy? He used to be hilarious.
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.
March 9, 2012
Only the most masochistic connoisseurs of the truly awful need check it out.
March 9, 2012
What you don't have is a funny movie.
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.
March 9, 2012
Even 2003 Robin Williams would have thunked this script in the fireplace by page 50.
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.
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.
March 8, 2012
Even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.
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.
March 8, 2012
A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave.
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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