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Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
It's disheartening when the highest praise you can give an Eddie Murphy performance is that at least he left his fat suit at home.
Add 'Arizona Republic' movie critic Barbara VanDenburgh to the (growing) list of critics who were so, so hopeful after Eddie Murphy's decidedly funny turn in 'Tower Heist' last year, only to be sorely disappointed with 'A Thousand Words.' VanDenburgh's review also points out that the movie features so many product placements, it's dizzying, nothing that "Starbucks gets more screen time than Murphy's son." Sounds like moviegoers will need a Starbucks (or four) to get through this film...
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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
The high point of the movie, for me, was when I got up from my seat and walked over to a guy who was texting in the theater and asked him to shut his phone off.
Movie critic Rene Rodriguez of the 'Miami Herald' notes in his review that after a pretty funny performance in 'Tower Heist,' hopes were kind of high that Eddie Murphy was mounting a comeback. That isn't happening with 'A Thousand Words.' Rodriguez says that if there WAS hope for a Murphy resurgence, "...the actor smashes all those hopes to bits." He goes on to add that the "dumb, insulting comedy" will not "derail Murphy's career" because "few people will ever be forced to sit through it outside of transatlantic flights and interrogation rooms at Guantanamo Bay."
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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The poster art for "A Thousand Words" shows Eddie Murphy with duct tape over his mouth, which as a promotional idea ranks right up there with Fred Astaire in leg irons.
Well put, Mr.Ebert. How can Eddie Murphy be brilliant when he's NOT even allowed to talk? The very crux of this film goes against Murphy's greatest asset -- his words. Ebert, by the way, gave 'A Thousand Words' just one-and-a-half stars in his review.
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Matt Pais, RedEye
Hasn't aged well. Or do I need to say that louder, so you can hear me over your laughter at cracks about the Atkins Diet, Britney and Chili's baby-back ribs?
Matt Pais of RedEye's review headline pretty much says it all: "Jim Carrey's lucky not to be involved." Unfortunately, Eddie Murphy IS involved, and, according to Pais, he's not really all that funny. Pais also notes that 'A Thousand Words' "boasts the same fondness for juvenile, mean-spirited humor' as 'Norbit' and even 'Jack and Jill.' And we all know how the whole 'Jack and Jill' thing turned out.
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William Goss, Film.com
...a ready-made blueprint for mediocrity that brings new meaning to "That goes without saying" and is perhaps better left without having actually been seen.
Film critic William Goss of Film.com says while Eddie Murphy strives valiantly to pull off strictly physical comedy in 'A Thousand Words,' the movie just doesn't work - though not for a lack of trying on Murphy's part. No, Goss thinks the biggest problem is the formulaic script from Steve Koren, writer of 'Bruce Almighty' and 'Click.' In his review, Goss says 'A Thousand Words' "...follows directly in the footsteps of those films, not to mention Liar Liar, Groundhog Day and any other post-Freaky Friday high-concept redemption story that inevitably crossed Tim Allen and Adam Sandler’s desks at some point."
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