"A Thousand Words" Reviews Are Perfectly Rotten

Posted 2:03 PM March 7th, 2012 by Senh Duong
Eddie Murphy in "A Thousand Words"

Another week, another studio decides to bypass critics with one of their stinkers. This time it’s Paramount Pictures' “A Thousand Words,” a high-concept comedy starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Brian Robbins. They’re the same team who brought us “Meet Dave” and “Norbit,” both critically panned films with an average Tomatometer of 14%. It’s no surprise that the studio has decided to leave critics behind on their latest offering.

“Norbit,” despite being panned, was a box office hit, grossing over $95M domestically. In contrast, “Meet Dave” only managed $11.8M at a cost of $60M, a compete dud. You’d think the two would think twice about working together again.

If my count is correct, “A Thousand Words” would be the fifth film this year that’s not screened for critics before its opening. The others are “The Devil Inside,” “Underworld: Awakening,” “One for the Money,” and “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.”

Here’s how they rank by Tomatometer. “Underworld: Awakening” is the best reviewed of the bunch with 30%, followed by “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” with 15%, “The Devil Inside” with 7%, and “One for the Money” is the worst with 2%.

Let’s see where “A Thousand Words” falls on Friday evening.

In “A Thousand Words,” Eddie Murphy plays a literary agent who depends on his mouth to close deals and make a living. One day, he is suddenly left with only a thousand words to speak before he becomes completely mute, so he must use his remaining words wisely.

UPDATE 3/8: Surprisingly, there are eight reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and not surprisingly, they're all bad.

UPDATE 3/12: Still zero with 40 reviews. It's now the worst reviewed of the films that weren't screened for critics. It's probably the worst of the year so far, too. Oh yeah, it also bombed at the box office, taking in just $6.4M over the weekend.

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