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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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