The Words

The Words

The Words

Bradley Cooper is a struggling writer about to discover the consequences of plagiarising another man’s work in this romantic thriller, also starring Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wilde.

Rory Jansen (Cooper) is a talented writer with a beautiful wife (Saldana) and mounting internal and external pressure to achieve success. He does - composing what is heralded as a great American novel. Problem is, he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price paid for stealing another person's work, and for placing ambition above life's most fundamental three words.

2012Rating: M, contains offensive language97 minsUSA
DramaRomance

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A literary film that stands to work best for those who don't read, 'The Words' is a slick, superficially clever compendium of stories about authors of uncertain talent and varying success.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The connections among the film's various plot strands are painfully obvious; by the time a grizzled Jeremy Irons saunters in, ready to dole out a comeuppance, perceptive viewers will have mentally flipped to the last page.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A clever, entertaining yarn that doesn't bear close scrutiny.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Watching the movie, I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting. 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.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

It's more or less a grown-up picture, and not bad at that, though its muted and patient style has both its merits and its drawbacks. Still, as I say: not bad.

Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

'The Words' is a movie for people who buy their novels at Starbucks, made by people who write their novels at Starbucks.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A literary film that stands to work best for those who don't read, 'The Words' is a slick, superficially clever compendium of stories about authors of uncertain talent and varying success.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The connections among the film's various plot strands are painfully obvious; by the time a grizzled Jeremy Irons saunters in, ready to dole out a comeuppance, perceptive viewers will have mentally flipped to the last page.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A clever, entertaining yarn that doesn't bear close scrutiny.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Watching the movie, I enjoyed the settings, the periods and the acting. 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.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

It's more or less a grown-up picture, and not bad at that, though its muted and patient style has both its merits and its drawbacks. Still, as I say: not bad.

Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

'The Words' is a movie for people who buy their novels at Starbucks, made by people who write their novels at Starbucks.

2.0

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