Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Words Reviews

2.0

37

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally unfavorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    The performances, excepting perhaps Olivia Wilde's odd turn, are solid, and the central story never loses our attention, but there's a lingering aftertaste of vague dissatisfaction.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    It's more or less a grown-up picture, and not bad at that, though its muted and patient style has both its merits and its drawbacks. Still, as I say: not bad.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Ironically, the dialogue in The Words is its chief failing.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    Watching the movie, I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting. I can't go so far as to say I cared about the story, particularly after it became clear that its structure was too clever by half.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyAdam Markovitz

    Cooper, who looks appealingly wolfish in his expensively tailored suits, plays the whole thing with a dutiful, earnest expression lacquered on his face, his eyes misting on cue at the exact same moments yours will be rolling into the back of your head.

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