The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
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 Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
The director, Brian Robbins, perhaps as a result of his prime-time pedigree, has so carefully engineered this manipulative machine that little emotional residue remains - only a product inoffensive, unsurprising and uninspiring.
—Andy Webster New York Times
The formulaic script by Steve Koren doesn't manage to exploit the absurd premise with any discernible wit or invention, and the star is left floundering.
—Frank Sheck Hollywood Reporter
Every emotion is loudly broadcast, every development repeatedly telegraphed. Kids who can't keep up with the demanding complexities of Sesame Street will be able to follow this one.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club
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 Phillips Chicago Tribune
...a tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum...
—Justin Chang Variety
...profoundly tedious. It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a deadly serious dramatic role ? do anything but star in another movie like this one.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...should beg a thousand pardons.
—Kyle Smith New York Post