A man learns he will die after speaking 1,000 more words.
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Even 2003 Robin Williams would have thunked this script in the fireplace by page 50. "
" 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. "
" What you don't have is a funny movie. "
" 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. "
" With "A Thousand Words," Murphy plunges headlong back into the swamp of insipid comedies he'd just crawled his way out of. "
" Shallow performances, script and direction mute the laughs and the insights in a movie that ultimately doesn't have much to say. "
" The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren't funny, and its message is banal. Plus, Murphy alternately hams it up and phones it in. "
" A Thousand Words marks yet another lazy, "family-friendly" comedy in which Murphy phones it in -- remember when this guy was dangerously funny? -- and wastes the talents of a supporting cast that also includes Allison Janney and Jack McBrayer. "
" Even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy. "
" 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. "
" The high concept breeds lowbrow gags. "
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