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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" 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

artistic and comfortable

the film may have some predictable moments and turns in the plot, but the movie rings true as a beautifully carried story that brings comfort to the viewer. it is artistic and the cinematography itself is stunning. if you crave a film that will please your eye, mind, and heart - this is it.

Most amazing movie

Every second of this movie captured my heart. The emotion and passion the and the questions going through my head. It was very well Casted. The actors were able to take in the characters in a way that made them seem real. It had a very good story line and always kept me on my toes. The movie is set up in a way that a lot of people can relate to it. The emotion and pain and sadness put into the movie is truly heartbreaking and phenomenal.

it is good. but not great.

To start - my strongest emotion that the movie evoked - disappointment. Not from the movie overall, but from the way it ended. I was expecting this story to go somewhere when suddenly the titles appeared on the black screen. There is no closure. It cuts you off abruptly after teasing for hour and a half. All that struggle about the unethical decision made by protagonist (Cooper) only to see at the end that the man just continues along with his life. The movie disclose pretty much nothing about how the decision to plagiarize really affected the main character. Or perhaps the actor who plays the older version of the main character just didn’t play it deep enough. But in any way - it is just not there. I think Bradley Cooper done well in this one.

The Words
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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