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The Words (Extended Cut)

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Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal

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Plot Summary

“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

TOMATOMETER

22%
  • Reviews Counted: 117
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 91
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

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

People didn't like this movie?

I loved it. If you didn't like it, then I won't try and convince you, but I thought it was one of the most heart-wrenching stories that I've ever experienced and I am so happy to have seen it. Maybe because I am a writer at heart, but it was simple and lovely and it got all the right emotions in your gut. Loved it.

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY

On paper, "The Words" seems like a promising movie. It's the story of Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a best-selling author with a secret: he passed off someone else's book as his own. As his star rises, Jansen becomes intoxicated by fame, but is soon forced to deal with all the consequences of his literary deception. The synopsis alone is undeniably intriguing, and could certainly make for a thoroughly enjoyable and emotionally appealing drama if put in the right director's hands. Unfortunately, that's far from the case here. Even with two directors, this film never seems to rise above the derivative mediocrity of its script, let alone its complete lack of insightful character development. The whole movie is pretty much based on its frame narrative, in which Dennis Quaid recounts his fictional story about Bradley Cooper who is told yet another story about Ben Barnes by Jeremy Irons. It's a needlessly confusing set-up for a seemingly straightforward premise that should've just been kept simple. There's no need for all these layers, not when they're going to be used in such a contrived and pretentious way. It's almost like watching "Inception", without all the entertainment value. Even with its talented cast of actors, "The Words" strands them in a plot so bland and predictable that their characters practically feel like cardboard cutouts from the moment they appear on screen. As a big fan of Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Jeremy Irons, it's sad to see them star in such a terribly executed movie that had the potential to be so much more. Honestly, this was one of the most boring, preachy, overly melodramatic dramas I've ever seen, and I just don't think it's worth anyone's time. Even if you're the kind of person who enjoys ambitious and complex films, "The Words" will probably leave you dozing in and out of sleep.

Movie making at its best

I get up every day and am thankful I am not a Rotten Tomatoes movie critic. The Words is movie making at its best. Enjoy.

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

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