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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/09/2012

‘A Thousand Words’: 56 words critics have used to describe it


Eddie Murphy in “A Thousand Words.” This is probably the same expression he has on his face after reading the reviews. ( Bruce McBroom - DreamWorks Pictures)

Eddie Murphy — a man who, just a few short months ago, was poised to host the Oscars and mount a comedy comeback — is now reduced to “A Thousand Words.”

More specifically, he’s been reduced to starring in “A Thousand Words,” a comedy made way back in 2008 and being trotted out in theaters today for all those moviegoers clamoring for a flick in which Murphy is unable to speak because of a magical bodhi tree.

As noted in today’s morning mix, the film currently has a 0 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Which means that critics have had few good things to say about it.

So have they used a thousand super-negative words to describe it? Well, not that many. But after sifting through the critiques, I pieced together 56 words about Eddie Murphy’s latest. And yes, most of them are derogatory.

“Feeble” (The New York Post)

“Lazy” (The Wrap)

“Largely joyless” (Arizona Republic)

“Trite” (New York Daily News)

“Hollow, stumbling” (Associated Press)

“Shamelessly manipulative” (Red Eye)

“Desperate, amateurish” (Dustin Putman)

“As a promotional idea, ranks right up there with Fred Astaire in leg irons” (Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times, describing the image of Murphy in duct tape on the “Thousand Words” poster)

“Wretchedly fakey and predictable” (The A.V. Club, referring specifically to the ending of “A Thousand Words”)

“Utterly misguided” (Globe and Mail)

“Its message is banal” (USA Today)

“Third-rate piece of blech” (Chicago Tribune)

“Dumb, insulting” (Miami Herald)

“Ultimately doesn’t have much to say” (Toronto Star)

“Inoffensive, unsurprising and uninspiring” (The New York Times, going for the always coveted adjective hat trick)

“More bland than actively bad” (The Washington Post, trying, as ever, to find a silver lining)

By  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/09/2012

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