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The Words (Extended Cut)

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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" 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

Rotten: Romanticized claptrap. – Frank Lovece, Newsday, Sep 7, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Writers Beware

Don't get fooled into thinking this movie is actually about writers and writing. It's foggy-headed pap composed by people who I doubt have actually ever written, or possibly read, a book. If you want movies that actually "get" writers, go with "Adaptation" or Wonder Boys."

A Lack of Spell Check

"The Words" had a potential plot but the trailer was more believable than the film itself. I felt like a huge piece was missing towards this potentially beautiful film. I enjoyed Jeremy Irons acting (the old man) but overall the story was predictable and unsurprising.

Glad I saw this

Contrary to the Rotten Tomatoes reviews, I really enjoyed this movie. It was a beautiful story of truth, writing and I love the story within a story. The ending was not the greatest, I wanted it to go longer with Bradley Cooper's character. But I just loved the concept of the movie, and the story was beautiful. Olivia Wilde and Jeremy Irons were great! When you find out about the real author of the book and also about how Cooper's character was lying and went ahead and published it without acknowledging the real author only until later, that is when the story becomes interesting and more deep. Loved it!

The Words (Extended Cut)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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