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
Hopelessly underwhelming from start to finish...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Murphy, without the words to go along with his bug-eyed double-takes and the mugging, is lost here... He's never been a silent comic, and never will be.
... equal parts labored allegory without resonance and forced comedy without laughs ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Like a bad penny, Eddie Murphy is back again, in a family-friendly PG-13 comedy that nobody wants to see.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
There is something almost poignant in the way Eddie Murphy so palpably desires to make a meaningful film about enlightenment. The almost comes from the difference between that aspiration and the painfully ill-conceived follow-through
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is not a punchy enough punch line to carry a whole film.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
This lame, wannabe comedy is an unmitigated disaster.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Maybe Murphy should give future scripts a less cursory perusal.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
A Thousand Words ends up incomplete and disingenuous, and worse, not a frame of it is funny.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Not the worst Eddie Murphy movie but certainly not his best either
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It isn't a horrible movie, at least not in comparison to Norbit from the same star and director, but it is a dispiritingly dull and cynical one.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Sometimes it's hard to tell quite where the incisions start and stop throughout this already uneven creation.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
While not descending to the level of Murphy's worst work--'Pluto Nash' still stands unchallenged--it's a bland, negligible example of the 'becoming a better person through magic' scenario.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Makes The Adventures of Pluto Nash look like Beverly Hills Cop!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
It suffers from being too broad.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
This high-concept Eddie Murphy vehicle is weak even by the low standards of the star's recent output.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Disappointing comedy about self-reflection has sexy stuff.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
The last time an Eddie Murphy film was shelved for several years before release, the world got The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Don't expect anything more from this one.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out
There is a surprising sweetness and sincerity that manifests during the third act, enough to acquit the film of charges of cynicism. Its crimes against comedy, however, are not so easily forgiven.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Does Eddie Murphy actually have any range, or is it just an illusion created by a few early edgy roles and, later, a lot of CGI makeup and fat suits?
Remember Eddie Murphy? He used to be hilarious.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
another sour note in the continuing symphony which is Eddie's contemporary career irrelevance
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Only the most masochistic connoisseurs of the truly awful need check it out.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A far cry from the Oscar winning silent film The Artist, Murphy's A Thousand Words is sadly still one too many for an audience to take in.If you waited long enough for the film to come out, then you can wait a bit longer for it to appear on TV for free.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
What you don't have is a funny movie.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Not the least bit funny or touching, and it all goes down about as smoothly as cyanide laced with rusted nails.
[A] mirthless excuse to watch Murphy play charades for 90 minutes.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Every emotion is loudly broadcast, every development repeatedly telegraphed. Kids who can't keep up with the demanding complexities of Sesame Street will be able to follow this one.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
The most incredible thing about the tree is that it also seems to have the power to turn everyone around Jack into complete idiots.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A Thousand Words marks yet another lazy, "family-friendly" comedy in which Murphy phones it in -- remember when this guy was dangerously funny? -- and wastes the talents of a supporting cast that also includes Allison Janney and Jack McBrayer.
A Thousand Words? I can review this ridiculously bad Eddie Murphy comedy in 500 words.
Hasn't aged well. Or do I need to say that louder, so you can hear me over your laughter at cracks about the Atkins Diet, Britney and Chili's baby-back ribs?
Matt Pais - RedEye
The high point of the movie, for me, was when I got up from my seat and walked over to a guy who was texting in the theater and asked him to shut his phone off.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald