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A Thousand Words


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Release Date :

March 09, 2012

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Director :

Brian Robbins

Starring :

Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Allison Janney, Clark Duke, Jordan-Claire Green, Philip Pavel, Eshaya Draper, Cliff Curtis, Greg Collins, Jill Basey, Edi Patterson, Jack McBrayer, Lou Saliba, Lyndsey Nelson, Robert LeQuang

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 5

“..you have to spend the rest of the movie watching Murphy play charades..”
by Barbara VanDenburgh [Arizona Republic]
2 of 4

“..this one does, until it runs out of ideas and forgets whether it's a comedy or a drama..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
1 of 4

“..this film is squarely in the quality league of those four gems, although its product placement is so galling you wait for the punch line..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..the rest of the film amounts to a feature-length game of charades..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
1.5 of 4

“..the concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
2 of 5

“..that none of Murphy's frantic poses are funny is a problem, but then, neither were Jim Carrey's forced-truth outbursts in the similar "Liar, Liar"..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Times]
Review rate : D

“..it's a ready-made blueprint for mediocrity that brings new meaning to "That goes without saying" and is perhaps better left without having actually been seen..”
by William Goss [Film.com]
Review rate : D-

“..It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a deadly serious dramatic role - do anything but star in another movie like this one..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
Review rate : D

“..it makes such questions unnecessary, even for the most addled audience members..”
by Tasha Robinson [AV Club]
1 of 5

“..inoffensive, unsurprising and uninspiring..”
by Andy Webster [New York Times]
1 of 4

“..in a most obvious way, then, the movie's central gimmick is unnecessary..”
by Mark Dujsik [Mark Reviews Movies]
1 of 4

“..for a comedy about the quest for inner peace, A Thousand Words reeks of desperation..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]
1 of 4

“..felt sorry for the actor while watching him mug and grunt and make googly eyes, only to be greeted by the sound of crickets chirping..”
by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
“..doesn’t manage to exploit the absurd premise with any discernible wit or invention, and the star is left floundering..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]
2 of 5

“..but Murphy doesn't need any more movies like this, if he's ever going to really revive his career..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
1 of 4

“..a rip-off of another movie..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]

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“..a jumble of half-baked ideas, none particularly interesting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]


“..Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..Winstead is one of the most intuitive actors of her generation, and though her impressive range is easy to spot, it's her elasticity that makes her so rewarding to watch..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]


“..Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..the material is not exceptional, but Ms. Clarkson always is. She's that rare actress over 50 who seems to land a lot of the juicy roles her younger competitors covet..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]


“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
by Steve Morrissey [MovieSteve]


“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]