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The Words Reviews

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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-
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
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
Justin Craig
September 6, 2012
"The Words" tries to meticulously paint a picture with a broad brush, thus smearing the details and creating a different piece than perhaps intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 7, 2012
Dennis Quaid reading from a book his character purportedly authored redefines "suspension of disbelief".
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2012
The premise is ambitious -- if not a little hokey -- but the meager themes of ephemeral authorship and constructed realities aren't exactly revelatory.
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Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail
September 7, 2012
This film's layered storytelling lacks the fluidity, grace, or good humour, to pull off its conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
September 7, 2012
Described as both a romantic drama and a thriller, the film doesn't quite live up to the billing -- despite a premise rife with promise and a star-studded cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7/10
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A.A. Dowd
Time Out
September 4, 2012
By the time a grizzled Jeremy Irons saunters in, ready to dole out a comeuppance, perceptive viewers will have mentally flipped to the last page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Simon Miraudo
October 7, 2012
Literary soapie The Words is mutton dressed as bespectacled lamb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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-
Jason Zingale
September 6, 2012
While the idea of staging a story within a story within a story might sound like an intriguing narrative device, co-writers/directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal confuse complexity for cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2012
Like Rory's purloined novel, The Words is nothing but a big cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 7, 2012
It's Cooper who's the biggest casualty, forced to deaden his surefire spark to accommodate his dud of a character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 6, 2012
A pleasant but overly complex variation on an idea Woody Allen toyed-with in his stumbling "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," this notion of counterfeit literary fame...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don Groves
October 8, 2012
Melodrama built on a shallow, contrived literary device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 6, 2012
I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting. I can't go so far as to say I cared about the story, particularly after it became clear that its structure was too clever by half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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