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The Words Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 25, 2012
One of the meatiest movies of the year ...
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
September 21, 2012
Things get confusing whenever Quaid appears as the audience is never sure if he is the real bogus author or if Cooper even exists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
September 16, 2012
"The Words" seems to have jumbled the lines and created a melodrama that is a sore disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
September 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 14, 2012
One of those thoughtful films that arrives after a summer of sequels and superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
September 13, 2012
The Words is horrible, a smug, self-satisfied piece of over-plotted nonsense that is horribly written and decently acted. Stay far, far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 12, 2012
A flat, humorless and unconvincing melodrama about a literary fraud.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
September 11, 2012
An empty and cold drama that meanders aimlessly through a multitude of storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
September 11, 2012
The look of the film, the intensity of the stories within stories, the musical score, and above all the nuanced acting by Cooper, Quaid and Jeremy Irons make this more than an ordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 11, 2012
The story within a story, which is kind of within another story, but really about ALL of the stories isn't something that is worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
September 10, 2012
Employing the murky plot construction of a story within a story within a story, The Words is well acted, thoughtful and too clever by half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 10, 2012
ambitious, but emotionally distanced cinematic appreciation of the mysterious nature of literary art
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 9, 2012
. . .is under the impression that it is making a profound artistic statement about the creative impulse. It's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
September 9, 2012
The only thing worse than a movie without an ending, is a ninety-minute endurance test without an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
September 8, 2012
Sometimes you're flabbergasted when very good actors are in very bad films. But no-one sets out to make a bad movie. They just turn out that way. But, seriously, there's no way that the script of The Words could have appeared good to anyone, could it?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 8, 2012
As a romantic drama, it's a tiresome dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
September 8, 2012
Let's be honest, Cooper's at his best when playing a jagoff. He's like Bradley Whitford in that respect (maybe it's just the name "Bradley").
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 7, 2012
A mostly middling drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
September 7, 2012
The story-within-a-story-within-a-story is so slight and inconsequential, like the tiniest of a set of Russian nesting dolls, that we may be forgiven for letting our minds wander toward bedtime and tomorrow's errands.
Todd Jorgenson
September 7, 2012
The storytelling method is more compelling than the actual stories themselves, which meander toward a collective final plot twist that is foreshadowed well in advance.
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