The Words Synopsis
A wannabe writer pays a heavy price after claiming another man's long-lost work as his own.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Amazingly, though, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, cowriters and codirectors of The Words, have the audacity - and the skill sets - to...
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By James Berardinelli
The performances, excepting perhaps Olivia Wilde's odd turn, are solid, and the central story never loses our attention, but there's a...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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,...
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By Ella Taylor
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...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
In the end - and every story needs one - The Words is a decent, ambitious, unoriginal film about a decent, ambitious, unoriginal writer....
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Ironically, the dialogue in The Words is its chief failing.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though Cooper deserves credit for pushing beyond his comfort zone, he's clearly miscast in a role better suited to a young unknown.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
Cooper, who looks appealingly wolfish in his expensively tailored suits, plays the whole thing with a dutiful, earnest expression lacquered...
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The Words, Wonderful Movie!

By flipper7
I would rate "The Words" movie. 5 stars. ***** The critics evidently 'didn't get' the movie at all. It is a story, in a story in a story, so one has to pay attention. If you are 20 something,...

The Words

By mam01
Four of us attended and good thing. We had a discussion as the playwrights were scrolling. The movie has a few great lessons for life! Unfortunately, it confused an older lady after the movie in...


By thedoctor777
This is a wonderful movie, so why the so/so review? It's very slow and drawn out. There is absolutely no action scenes, explosions, car chases or anything let will excite you. What it is, is a story...

just okay

By seema400
Saw the movie last night. It does show how one lie can end up turning into a huge one and impact so many lives. However, to me I felt like the movie didn't really give any resolution and I was just...

A grown-up movie at last

By ellenlesteryoung
After a summer of entertainment aimed at feeding the adolescent need for expressions of violence and angry adventure, we are "treated" to the anguish of adults needing success and the decision-making...

Wonderful Movie

By alfie555
My wife and I and her girlfriend went to see "The Words" last night. After reading a lot of reiviews...some very negative especially about the ending...I was curious about how I would evaluate this...

The Words

By movies82424
One of the best movies I've seen this year....The sadness of lives lost, the real author Jeremy Irons, the fraudulent writer Bradley Cooper, and Dennis Quaid, the film's storyteller, and the real...

Suspenseful and Surprising

By pedsarq
I didn't know much about this movie going into it. I knew it was about a writer who finds an old book and passes it off as his own. However, that's just a small part of this intricately woven story...

Wait for DVD not worth movie price ticket

By miscmailbox
Basically went for Bradley and Zoe. Should have read some reviews first. Could have passed. Not sure if it is the director, screenwriter or editor but they attempted too much, in such that there was a...

Better than expected...

By mizzounut
I went with my wife and was expecting a boring love story. It isn't action packed, but the story is good and makes you think. I would recommend the movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For Smoking and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Teen-friendly romance is thoughtful but falls short.
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