The Words
The Words (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Neither as clever nor as interesting as it appears to think it is, The Words maroons its talented stars in an overly complex, dramatically inert literary thriller that's ultimately a poor substitute for a good book.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A mostly middling drama.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Bradley Cooper's funniest movie since "The Hangover" - unfortunately, unintentionally this time ...

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J. Olson

"The Words" is an elegant piece of entertainment, replete with an understated but sweeping score, unexpected period piece vignettes, and melodramatic but universal themes.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail

This film's layered storytelling lacks the fluidity, grace, or good humour, to pull off its conceit.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Words is a solid drama that's anchored by one of Cooper's very best performances...

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

The premise is ambitious -- if not a little hokey -- but the meager themes of ephemeral authorship and constructed realities aren't exactly revelatory.

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Frank Lovece

Romanticized claptrap.

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Eric D. Snider

This tedious and needlessly convoluted drama ... just meanders aimlessly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
There is virtually nothing that works in this convoluted, nonsensical and terribly-written drama in which not even the visuals escape the artificial and… More
Josh Lewis
The Words story within a story within a story structure takes away any dramatic impact the film might have had. The performances are actually pretty good,… More
Daniel Perry
The ability to write should be first among the qualifications required to write a movie about a writer... but all through this film, all I could think was,… More
Everett Johnson
"Words" is a good drama about a man who finds and story and passes it on as if he wrote it and the consequences of that choice. It has good… More
Cynthia S.
People didn't like this much. Why?..because of the story, inside of a story, and partly inside another story? or because of the ending that left you… More
Liam Gadd
I really liked most of the stuff with Jeremy Irons. Everything else, not so much.