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The Words Reviews

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J. Olson
April 17, 2016
"The Words" is an elegant piece of entertainment, replete with an understated but sweeping score, unexpected period piece vignettes, and melodramatic but universal themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2016
The Words is a solid drama that's anchored by one of Cooper's very best performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2013
This tedious and needlessly convoluted drama ... just meanders aimlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
A movie about a bad author who steals the book of a good author, and I'm pretty certain that The Words, if pressed, wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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+
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
May 2, 2013
Its long, dry patches of colourless storytelling suggest it makes more sense as a book, one to read before you fall asleep to dream of better movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 25, 2013
In a relevant study of plagiarism, influences and lifetime experiences, The Words chiefly reminds us that the past is indelible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 2, 2012
Nothing, absolutely nothing, makes 'The Words' interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
The Words becomes one of the year's most irritating movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 15, 2012
I like the idea but The Words is a little too preachy, too melodramatic for my liking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Don Groves
October 8, 2012
Melodrama built on a shallow, contrived literary device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
October 7, 2012
Literary soapie The Words is mutton dressed as bespectacled lamb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Ed Gibbs
The National (UAE)
October 5, 2012
A dreadful misfire, particularly for Cooper, who is otherwise pursuing an interesting career trajectory away from The Hangover series.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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