Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy.
-Frank ScheckFull Review
It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a dead-serious dramatic role - do anything but star in another movie like this one.
-Owen GleibermanFull Review
Follows directly in the footsteps of Bruce Almighty, Click, 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.
-William GossFull Review
What you don't have is a funny movie.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
The idea of taking one of Hollywood's best-known motor-mouths and reducing him to mugging and charades is definitely novel - and utterly misguided.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
Even 2003 Robin Williams would have thunked this script in the fireplace by page 50.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
Even when "A Thousand Words" is counseling us to just be quiet and in the moment, it can't just be quiet and in the moment.
-Mark JenkinsFull Review
In the simplicity of its premise it embodies the notion of high-concept entertainment. In its execution it demonstrates how technical efficiency can drain the life from a story.
-Andy WebsterFull Review
Even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.
-Justin ChangFull Review
The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal. Plus, Murphy alternately hams it up and phones it in.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave.
-David GermainFull Review
Shallow performances, script and direction mute the laughs and the insights in a movie that ultimately doesn't have much to say.
-Peter HowellFull Review
With "A Thousand Words," Murphy plunges headlong back into the swamp of insipid comedies he'd just crawled his way out of.
-Barbara VanDenburghFull Review
In "A Thousand Words" the camera stays about two inches from Murphy's hyperactive face, and you start to see the strain and desperation in the actor's eyes.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
If only this Eddie Murphy flick had taken its own advice and spent a little more time being reflective instead of hyperactive, it might have overcome a trite script and awful, obvious excuses for comedy.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
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.
-Roger EbertFull Review
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.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
A thousand words? Try two words: stay away. Murphy does a pretty good job keeping up with the various indignities heaped on him but the movie as a whole ends up sinking.
-Kristal CooperFull Review
a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars' weaknesses.
-James LuxfordFull Review
You've got one of the funniest verbal actors in the business in Eddie Murphy, and you put him in a movie where he can't talk. It's already a recipe for disaster.
-John J. PuccioFull Review
'A Thousand Words' is not unspeakably awful.
-Linda CookFull Review
The sort of awful formulaic crud that 30 Rock brilliantly mocked just before Leap Day.
-Sean MeansFull Review
Hopelessly underwhelming from start to finish...
-David NusairFull Review
Murphy, without the words to go along with his bug-eyed double-takes and the mugging, is lost here... He's never been a silent comic, and never will be.
-Roger MooreFull Review
... equal parts labored allegory without resonance and forced comedy without laughs ...
-Jim LaneFull Review
Like a bad penny, Eddie Murphy is back again, in a family-friendly PG-13 comedy that nobody wants to see.
-Corey HallFull Review
There is something almost poignant in the way Eddie Murphy so palpably desires to make a meaningful film about enlightenment. The almost comes from the difference between that aspiration and the painfully ill-conceived follow-through
-Andrea ChaseFull Review
The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is not a punchy enough punch line to carry a whole film.
-Kimberley JonesFull Review