The Words
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Starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and ZoŽ Saldana, the layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. -- (C) CBS Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A mostly middling drama."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Bradley Cooper's funniest movie since "The Hangover" - unfortunately, unintentionally this time ..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"This tedious and needlessly convoluted drama ... just meanders aimlessly."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Its long, dry patches of colourless storytelling suggest it makes more sense as a book, one to read before you fall asleep to dream of better movies."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"Nothing, absolutely nothing, makes 'The Words' interesting."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The story-within-a-story-within-a-story is so slight and inconsequential, like the tiniest of a set of Russian nesting dolls, that we may be forgiven for letting our minds wander toward bedtime and tomorrow's errands."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"This film's layered storytelling lacks the fluidity, grace, or good humour, to pull off its conceit."
‑ Adam Litovitz, Globe and Mail
"A movie about a bad author who steals the book of a good author, and I'm pretty certain that The Words, if pressed, wouldn't be able to tell the difference."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"In a relevant study of plagiarism, influences and lifetime experiences, The Words chiefly reminds us that the past is indelible."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The Words becomes one of the year's most irritating movies."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The premise is ambitious -- if not a little hokey -- but the meager themes of ephemeral authorship and constructed realities aren't exactly revelatory."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"Romanticized claptrap."
‑ Frank Lovece, Newsday
"It's nothing you haven't seen before in films about struggling artists spending more time obsessing than working."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Like a Russian nesting doll, this film tells a story within a story within another story, playing around with fact and fiction, as well as the nature of creative inspiration and integrity."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Engrossing morality tale about lying, guilt and just how great a character actor Jeremy Irons has turned into."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
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