40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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40

Movieline

It doesn't help that even the pratfalls in A Thousand Words look tired and recycled.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The formulaic script by Steve Koren doesn't manage to exploit the absurd premise with any discernible wit or invention, and the star is left floundering.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal. Plus, Murphy alternately hams it up and phones it in.
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25

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
This is the kind of colossally misguided vanity project.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
When they came in to pitch A Thousand Words, no doubt by calling it "Jerry Maguire" meets "Groundhog Day," a studio exec should have raised the palm of rejection and said, "When you stop being sadly derivative and write an original idea that's as good as those two, come back."
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25

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
For a comedy about the quest for inner peace, A Thousand Words reeks of desperation.
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16

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In theory, A Thousand Words should draw on its star's abilities as a physical comedian, but Murphy, miming his order for a triple latte at Starbucks, comes off like Charlie Chaplin on crystal meth; he's strenuously unfunny to watch.
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26 out of 100
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