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A Thousand Words (2012)



Critic Consensus: Dated jokes (A Thousand Words was shot in 2008) and removing Eddie Murphy's voice -- his greatest comedic asset -- dooms this painful mess from the start.

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Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he's got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he's a goner. -- (C) Paramount

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Eddie Murphy
as Jack McCall
Kerry Washington
as Caroline McCall
Cliff Curtis
as Dr. Sinja
Clark Duke
as Aaron Wiseberger
Allison Janney
as Samantha Davis
Ruby Dee
as Annie McCall
Emanuel Ragsdale
as Tyler McCall
Alain Chabat
as Christian Leger de la Touffe
Lennie Loftin
as Robert Gilmore
Phil Reeves
as Don Parker
Eshaya Draper
as Young Jack
Darcy Rose Byrnes
as 10 Year Old Girl
Sarah Scott Davis
as Young Annie
Jill Basey
as Woman in Starbucks
Greg Collins
as Construction Worker
Robert Lequang
as Starbucks Customer
Michael G. Wilkinson
as Starbucks Customer
Lyndsey Nelson
as Starbucks Customer
Brad Michael Gilbert
as Starbucks Customer
Lou Saliba
as Shrink
Mitchell Fink
as Male Agent
Edi Patterson
as Young Female Agent
Emily Burton
as Crying Student
Tracy Mulholland
as Young Student
Brad Keimach
as Sinja Aide
Dilip Jha
as Sinja Aide
Jorge Álvarez
as Mariachi Band Leader
Jack McBrayer
as Starbucks Barista
Thierry Segall
as French Businessman
Noel Courteblanche
as French Businessman
Sara Holden
as Hostess
Jeff Kahn
as Waiter
Matt Winston
as Kid Space Teacher
Daniel Hepner
as Sensitive Dad #1
Eric Archibald
as Sensitive Dad #2
Philip Pavel
as Overly Enthused Dad
Raquel Bell
as Kid Space Mom
Kamala Jones
as Hotel Employee
Daniel Saltos
as Gaudencio Assistant
Ted Kennedy
as Homeless Man
Skip Richard Crank
as Ice Cream Vendor
Floyd Levine
as Man On Pier
Bunny Levine
as Woman On Pier
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Critic Reviews for A Thousand Words

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (27)

A disastrous comedy at times, with a few unexpected touching moments sprinkled throughout, A Thousand Words fails to come together like it should, and becomes a forgettable mess.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is not a punchy enough punch line to carry a whole film.

March 16, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It isn't a horrible movie, at least not in comparison to Norbit from the same star and director, but it is a dispiritingly dull and cynical one.

March 12, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sometimes it's hard to tell quite where the incisions start and stop throughout this already uneven creation.

March 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The high concept breeds lowbrow gags.

March 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Does Eddie Murphy actually have any range, or is it just an illusion created by a few early edgy roles and, later, a lot of CGI makeup and fat suits?

March 9, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Thousand Words

Another free library rental that I wouldn't have paid full price (actually, anything) for. Wasn't expecting a great deal, but this was okay to watch once. Ending is enough to make you vomit, but leading up to it is okay with some amusing situations and characters. In particular I liked Jack Mcbrayer as the barista. Quite an original idea for this genre. Sounds ridiculous on paper, but actually it does work. I do agree with the comments that Eddie does not have the facial expressions to pull off silence.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


It may be better and have more heart that some of Eddie Murphy's recent live action films, but "A Thousand Words" is surrounded by laughable performances, a horribly written script (seriously, a 10-year-old could have written this), and sloppy direction. Eddie Murphy is fine in this role and the whole second chance at being a good person is presented well, but that's about it. Any obstacle he tries to prevent himself from talking is thrown out the window because some of it actually counts as him talking which makes no sense and contradicts the films' "comedy." I chuckled a few times in the beginning when he actually spoke, but once his voice drops, so does the movie. It may not be a terrible film, but it is still very very bad. With tacked on emotional moments and cliched dialogue to make you feel for the characters, this film falls flat on it's face and had me staring at the film when it was trying to be funny and laughing when it was trying to be serious. This film is unsure of what it wants to do, but I'll give credit to the broad idea that the film has. "A Thousand Words" is a very bad, but watchable film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Eddie Murphy. What happened to your taste in movie roles? This was the stupidest movie..not funny at all. Just stupid.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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