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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 47 )
  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    In the end - and every story needs one - The Words is a decent, ambitious, unoriginal film about a decent, ambitious, unoriginal writer. Both aim for greatness. Both fall short. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Ironically, the dialogue in The Words is its chief failing. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Amazingly, though, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, cowriters and codirectors of The Words, have the audacity - and the skill sets - to pull this all off. They wrest emotional truth out of hokum. They also wrest intelligent, nuanced performances from their cast. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though Cooper deserves credit for pushing beyond his comfort zone, he's clearly miscast in a role better suited to a young unknown. show more

  • 60
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The Words founders on a spurious dichotomy between love and art. Which is a pity, because the movie is smart and persuasive on the casually incremental way in which plagiarism becomes an option for people like Rory - and perhaps for anyone. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's more or less a grown-up picture, and not bad at that, though its muted and patient style has both its merits and its drawbacks. Still, as I say: not bad. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The performances, excepting perhaps Olivia Wilde's odd turn, are solid, and the central story never loses our attention, but there's a lingering aftertaste of vague dissatisfaction. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Watching the movie, I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting. I can't go so far as to say I cared about the story, particularly after it became clear that its structure was too clever by half. show more

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    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The Words aspires to depths greater than the sex we never see these two have. There's nothing for the eye to do while the ear fills with the banalities of two streams of narration, one by Dennis Quaid, the other by Jeremy Irons, all of it built around a lie. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Words suggests that a story, whether true or not, can help get us through, if we believe it enough. Though this film can't quite pull it off, a good enough thief can get away with it. show more

  • December 14, 2013 campoli1
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    sad film,but honest as far as it goes

  • November 10, 2013 stevenhir
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    A must see movie!!!

  • February 01, 2013 GRACE
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  • January 25, 2013 gu00000000136534
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    great movie, a must watch one

  • January 07, 2013 scrabbill
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    Fabulous. Gave me chills. Irons was superb

  • January 02, 2013 Daze
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  • December 30, 2012 lettssetaspell
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    I had never heard of this movie and today I watched it with my husband and I loved it. So much depth!

  • December 27, 2012 Raymond
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    Great Story Great Bradley performence

  • October 01, 2012 carymediates
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    A must see. Rarely do we get an opportunity for a literate movie.

  • September 28, 2012 conndunn
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    I loved this movie. Acting was great and plot was compelling.


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