• Released
  • September 7, 2012
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 36 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 625 Fan Ratings
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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63

ReelViews

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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63

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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60

NPR

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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50

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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50

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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50

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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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Ironically, the dialogue in The Words is its chief failing.
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40

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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33

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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Rated PG-13 | For Smoking and Brief Strong Language
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Teen-friendly romance is thoughtful but falls short.
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