A Thousand Words Reviews

  • It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a dead-serious dramatic role - do anything but star in another movie like this one.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • In the simplicity of its premise it embodies the notion of high-concept entertainment. In its execution it demonstrates how technical efficiency can drain the life from a story.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal. Plus, Murphy alternately hams it up and phones it in.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Even when "A Thousand Words" is counseling us to just be quiet and in the moment, it can't just be quiet and in the moment.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • If only this Eddie Murphy flick had taken its own advice and spent a little more time being reflective instead of hyperactive, it might have overcome a trite script and awful, obvious excuses for comedy.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The poster art for "A Thousand Words" shows Eddie Murphy with duct tape over his mouth, which as a promotional idea ranks right up there with Fred Astaire in leg irons.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In "A Thousand Words" the camera stays about two inches from Murphy's hyperactive face, and you start to see the strain and desperation in the actor's eyes.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • With "A Thousand Words," Murphy plunges headlong back into the swamp of insipid comedies he'd just crawled his way out of.

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • Even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Even 2003 Robin Williams would have thunked this script in the fireplace by page 50.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Shallow performances, script and direction mute the laughs and the insights in a movie that ultimately doesn't have much to say.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Follows directly in the footsteps of Bruce Almighty, Click, Liar Liar, Groundhog Day and any other post-Freaky Friday high-concept redemption story that inevitably crossed Tim Allen and Adam Sandler's desks at some point.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • The idea of taking one of Hollywood's best-known motor-mouths and reducing him to mugging and charades is definitely novel - and utterly misguided.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave.

    David Germain — Associated Press

  • A thousand words? Try two words: stay away. Murphy does a pretty good job keeping up with the various indignities heaped on him but the movie as a whole ends up sinking.

    Kristal Cooper — We Got This Covered

  • a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars' weaknesses.

    James Luxford — The National

  • You've got one of the funniest verbal actors in the business in Eddie Murphy, and you put him in a movie where he can't talk. It's already a recipe for disaster.

    John J. Puccio — Movie Metropolis

  • 'A Thousand Words' is not unspeakably awful.

    Linda Cook — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

  • The sort of awful formulaic crud that 30 Rock brilliantly mocked just before Leap Day.

    Sean Means — Salt Lake Tribune

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