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The Words

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal

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About the Movie

“There’s more than one way to take a man’s life...” and THE WORDS couldn’t be truer. For Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), he’s achieved his every goal: a loving wife, critical success and a best-selling novel. The only problem is: he didn’t write it. Now, as his conscience starts to haunt him and his past wrongs are revealed, it’s difficult to tell fact from fiction. Zoë Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes and Dennis Quaid star in this romantic drama that keeps you guessing until the very end.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 119
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 91
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Writer/directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal chose to make The Words as bland and obvious as its title, wringing out any subtlety or artistry. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 6, 2012

Rotten: It's a snooze. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Sep 6, 2012

Rotten: The Words founders on a spurious dichotomy between love and art. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Sep 6, 2012

Rotten: "The Words" is a decent, ambitious, unoriginal film about a decent, ambitious, unoriginal writer. Both aim for greatness. Both fall short. – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 6, 2012

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Customer Reviews


This movie started out Great. Something that was sort of original and you really got into it. You wanted to know what happened next, a keep you on the edge of your seat kind of deal. But then comes the parts with Dennis Quaid and youre just...stumped. The rest of the movie keeps you interested and once again, the ending just doesnt cut it. Youre left with a non-sentimental ending, or non-realistic for a better description. And a HUGE cliff hanger. You're left with "Why?!" I enjoyed the purpose of the movie, but it was poorley produced.

Amazing and a masterpiece.

I have to say that I disagree with the people who've given this movie negative reviews. I chalk this up to the fact that they just don't get it. The storyline held me alllllll the way through and I was shocked at the connection about halfway through.
Unfortunately, because people don't get it, it'll receive less than stellar reviews but be the judge for yourself. Life doesn't always have a concrete ending or a clear cut ending. It's nice to see a realistic ending instead of a cookie-cutter, Hollywood/storybook ending.

Great ....... If you like a story about people

I enjoyed this movie, reading reviews, I didn't expect much of it, however I was somewhat pleasantly surprised, although towards the end you can figure out the whole movie. It makes you think and its a story about a person or in this case people and to appreciate it for what its worth you have to like stories about people and their lives and not expect great journeys from everyday life. This is a simple story with and interesting story line ( though done before) that I personally appreciated and found interesting and kind of fun.

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I appreciated the old man though he was a bit bitter towards his manuscript and somebody just taking it for their own ( who wouldn't be?) he had some good points, like his remarks to the young writer as he is trying to get his attention. Typical character yet the young writer was also.

The young writer though a bitter author at the end was somewhat relatable because he knew he did wrong from the start and he and the old man were so similar yet both had different life experiences. The old man who was in war was inspired to write by his wife and daughter, without them he didn't have much to write about and they were what inspired him in the first place. On the other hand the young writer wanted so badly to make it in the world his "superficial" factory made works did not get him anywhere yet the reality and realness of the mans life in the manuscript caught peoples attention because of the feeling behind the writing and the reality of the story. While the young writer loved the story and wishes he could of wrote it himself. This doesn't matter because he made it in the literary world as he wanted and himself became somewhat " superficial" in the sense that he got divorced, made money from his works after the manuscript and he is still not happy. Another similarity is that short flashback of the author and his wife at the end of the movie and how he wishes he could be forgiven by her. Personally I also think that he wishes she would of sparked inspiration in him to write as the man in the manuscript.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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