CBS Films The Words

Last updated date: July 7, 2019

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In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the CBS Films CBS Films The Words placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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What experts liked
The Words is a set of stories built around a series of moral choices that catch the unsuspecting characters by surprise.
- Huff Post
November 7, 2012 | Full review
“The Words” is surprisingly kinetic, considering its reliance on meta-narrative devices and stories within
- The Washington Times
September 6, 2012 | Full review
The Words delivers on two out of the three narrative threads that it presents and offers a somewhat thought-provoking and evocative meditation on truth - especially for anyone with an appreciation for literary writing.
- Screen Rant
September 7, 2012 | Full review
The Words explores how this theft goes far beyond fame and fortune, and how our lives are no longer our own when we take credit for another’s work.
- Collider
January 27, 2012 | Full review
But there's a deeper message to the movie. It's not just words on the page that matter: The words we say or don't say, the decisions we make, they matter too.
- Plugged In
The entire young-lovers-in-Paris section may be a romantic cliché, but it's still lovingly done, as Barnes cuts a strong portrait of an aspiring artist, and the abrupt turn from youthful happiness to bitter despair is affectingly accomplished. Viewer sympathy naturally flows to this enterprising fellow tripped up by fate, but the story's impact is immeasurably boosted by Irons, whose narration of events that determined his life more than a half-century earlier is spellbinding and keeps one in the general vicinity of the edge of one's seat.
- The Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2012 | Full review
Watching the movie, I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting.
- Roger Ebert
September 5, 2012 | Full review
The Words is a more human story about love, professional success, and the line between truth and fiction—themes that have universal appeal.
- Crosswalk
“The Words” is juicy, entertaining and thought-provoking. It manages to be literary and populist at the same time, in its story about the price of dreams and what any of us might be willing to do for love, success or both.
- Hollywood and Fine
September 7, 2012 | Full review
What experts didn't like
That said, it’s still largely an intellectual exercise, lacking in humor and oddly untethered to the realities of the literary world it’s trying to portray.
- The Washington Times
September 6, 2012 | Full review
only two of the three threads manage to present engrossing onscreen drama. The Hammond layer, which frames the subsequent storylines and casts doubt on potential connections, is wrought with preachy postulations about being an author - as well as a bizarre set of scenes between the character and an inquisitive Columbia graduate student (Wilde).
- Screen Rant
September 7, 2012 | Full review
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.
- Roger Ebert
September 5, 2012 | Full review
But even with a likable cast, The Words feels like a long discussion without much takeaway value. It tries to deliver a moral about choosing real life over living a lie, but the point comes across as tepid rather than deeply resonant.
- Crosswalk

From The Manufacturer

Bradley Cooper stars as Rory Jansen, an author who appears to have everything. Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes and Zoe Saldana also star in this romantic thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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Expert Reviews: 10
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Expert Reviews: 10
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Expert Reviews: 3
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