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The Words Reviews

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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
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
July 17, 2013
This tedious and needlessly convoluted drama ... just meanders aimlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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-
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+
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
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
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
November 2, 2012
Nothing, absolutely nothing, makes 'The Words' interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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-
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
October 8, 2012
Melodrama built on a shallow, contrived literary device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2012
Literary soapie The Words is mutton dressed as bespectacled lamb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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
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
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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