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A Thousand Words
Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he's got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he's a… More

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"The high concept breeds lowbrow gags."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out New York
"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
"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 Thousand Words' is not unspeakably awful."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"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?"
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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
"a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars' weaknesses."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"The sort of awful formulaic crud that 30 Rock brilliantly mocked just before Leap Day."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"... equal parts labored allegory without resonance and forced comedy without laughs ..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"What you don't have is a funny movie."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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
"Hopelessly underwhelming from start to finish..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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)
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