Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Words Doesn't Know What To Say

Plus, The Cold Light of Day is largely incomprehensible and implausible.

by | September 7, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a literary fraud (The Words, starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana) and a kidnapping plot (The Cold Light of Day, starring Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis). What do the critics have to say?



The Words

24%

The Words is an ambitious film with an undeniably intriguing premise: how does someone rationalize reaping the rewards of a big con? Unfortunately, critics say The Words is mostly a missed opportunity – despite the best efforts of its talented cast, the film is elaborately structured but rarely emotionally fulfilling. Bradley Cooper stars as Rory Jansen, a celebrated author with a secret: he passed off someone else’s book as his own. As his star rises, Jansen is intoxicated by fame, but is soon forced to deal with the moral consequences of his deception. The pundits say The Words has enough appealing elements to sustain interest, but it’s undone by its needlessly complex narrative and lack of character development. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some noteworthy films featuring imposters and fabulists.)



The Cold Light of Day

4%

Not all globetrotting spy thrillers are created equal. Take, for example, The Cold Light of Day, which critics say borrows liberally from the Taken and Bourne playbooks without adding such essential elements as comprehensibility and plausibility. Henry Cavill stars as a young man whose parents are kidnapped while on holiday in Spain. The plot thickens when our hero finds himself on the run from shadowy intelligence agents in pursuit of a mysterious briefcase. The pundits say The Cold Light of Day is largely bereft of surprises or even general coherence, and the stars — including Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver — mostly look exhausted.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Beauty Is Embarrassing, a documentary about cartoonist and Pee-wee’s Playhouse co-creator Wayne White, is at 100 percent.
  • Girl Model, a documentary about the trafficking of underage girls in the modeling industry, is at 89 percent.
  • Keep the Lights On, a drama about two men in an up-and-down long-term relationship, is at 86 percent.
  • Detropia, a doc about the crumbling infrastructure of the Motor City, is at 80 percent.
  • Las Acacias, a drama about an Argentine truck driver who bonds with a mother and her daughter over the course of a long drive, is at 73 percent.
  • The Eye of the Storm, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling in a drama about a dying rich woman whose adult children are squabbling over their share of her fortune, is at 66 percent.
  • The Inbetweeners, a British comedy about four geeky guys who go on a wild Mediterranean vacation, is at 62 percent.
  • Hello I Must Be Going, a dramedy about a newly-divorced woman who finds romance with a teenager, is at 61 percent.
  • For Ellen, starring Paul Dano and Jena Malone in a drama about an aspiring musician dealing with a painful divorce, is at 54 percent.
  • Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher in a comedy about three bridesmaids who share a night of debauchery before their friend’s wedding, is at 53 percent.
  • [REC] 3 Genesis, a horror flick in which zombies rudely crash a wedding, is at 42 percent.
  • Serving Up Richard, horror film about a married couple who attempt to cannibalize a Wall Street banker, is at 17 percent.

Tag Cloud

Calendar Toys Reality chucky cartoon Premiere Dates Baby Yoda Tumblr Writers Guild of America Emmys USA Network superhero GoT Fall TV DC Universe spinoff TV YouTube talk show Apple TV+ FXX universal monsters unscripted hollywood sequel Stephen King Creative Arts Emmys singing competition zombies Shudder DGA Action Lifetime Hear Us Out comedies dc X-Men dceu video on demand Avengers Best and Worst die hard Star Wars CMT children's TV Oscars Podcast TBS TCA Awards Food Network adaptation 21st Century Fox Travel Channel PlayStation crime Mystery canceled Film Pride Month casting documentary nbcuniversal war IFC Films latino toronto green book screen actors guild Logo Paramount Network asian-american cats BAFTA hispanic news Starz doctor who Country animated Awards Tour Disney streaming service LGBTQ movies Holiday psychological thriller game show Ghostbusters science fiction psycho Shondaland Box Office Nominations APB Music Spike The Purge Brie Larson cancelled TV shows Valentine's Day worst classics binge Apple political drama Turner Classic Movies Biopics Crunchyroll justice league Fantasy Fox News sequels cancelled television Countdown child's play disaster Set visit NYCC Christmas Quiz golden globes criterion cops Anna Paquin blaxploitation critics Photos discovery A&E jamie lee curtis theme song See It Skip It venice 007 Superheroes football The Walking Dead finale RT21 movie Funimation 2018 Vudu American Society of Cinematographers anthology DirecTV Lucasfilm Sundance TV transformers HBO Pet Sematary Interview a nightmare on elm street Spectrum Originals Masterpiece Crackle mutant Comedy Certified Fresh Star Trek technology stoner Netflix kids festival Television Critics Association The Arrangement Warner Bros. foreign slashers SXSW FOX CW Seed TruTV rotten concert BET Awards TV renewals indiana jones Song of Ice and Fire screenings elevated horror Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt travel Marvel Studios toy story obituary Lionsgate Tomatazos comic satire Cartoon Network Sci-Fi Chernobyl Syfy Film Festival 45 crime thriller 2019 Nickelodeon Character Guide space TIFF documentaries Rom-Com award winner New York Comic Con Pop Dark Horse Comics Sundance Now Arrowverse reboot Rock IFC FX free movies thriller Acorn TV sag awards Britbox hist Classic Film Trophy Talk police drama Pop TV Trivia aliens miniseries Captain marvel Cosplay The Witch social media robots zero dark thirty laika Showtime Animation Drama 4/20 Opinion mission: impossible mockumentary 72 Emmy Awards TCA boxoffice ratings 24 frames Amazon Prime Comedy Central DC streaming service cancelled TV series vampires comiccon joker Bravo 2017 directors romantic comedy politics BET spanish language Netflix Christmas movies dogs Heroines worst movies SundanceTV cults Sony Pictures Kids & Family Peacock MSNBC The CW Polls and Games films werewolf YouTube Red Esquire Year in Review WGN Election Summer best CNN Paramount National Geographic Watching Series sports stand-up comedy festivals Turner Western ESPN Marvel Television Marvel zombie franchise TV Land Emmy Nominations OneApp HBO Go revenge Grammys NBC south america 20th Century Fox Mary poppins Spring TV RT History fast and furious remakes quibi BBC America Holidays Marathons christmas movies romance Super Bowl Walt Disney Pictures TCA 2017 Mindy Kaling Sundance what to watch Reality Competition Cannes Black Mirror VH1 nfl CBS blockbuster LGBT Hallmark Christmas movies FX on Hulu all-time Extras Trailer Television Academy halloween Winners GIFs canceled TV shows Disney rotten movies we love versus renewed TV shows serial killer series crossover Hulu cancelled historical drama YA anime crime drama Mary Poppins Returns Infographic TNT teaser Martial Arts BBC DC Comics Teen BBC One Ovation game of thrones Ellie Kemper richard e. Grant breaking bad indie docudrama Video Games spider-man Red Carpet CBS All Access scorecard adventure book natural history Freeform scary movies Hallmark Comics on TV 2015 dramedy Tubi E! based on movie biography TCM VICE Musicals cars TLC Rocky emmy awards MTV Disney Channel dark VOD AMC composers Superheroe A24 nature parents Lifetime Christmas movies Adult Swim History batman television Winter TV stop motion Amazon Prime Video Epix President Pixar Elton John spy thriller Disney+ Disney Plus 2016 Tarantino Disney Plus streaming Schedule Sneak Peek comics name the review Family HBO Max SDCC First Look MCU Black History Month El Rey independent period drama GLAAD cinemax diversity Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Endgame Awards Rocketman Columbia Pictures WarnerMedia Mudbound twilight First Reviews Thanksgiving TCA Winter 2020 tv talk Binge Guide YouTube Premium 71st Emmy Awards ABC Family San Diego Comic-Con Pirates Academy Awards Amazon Studios cooking ghosts OWN Women's History Month PaleyFest sitcom Discovery Channel Apple TV Plus Amazon supernatural witnail facebook Comic Book Nat Geo ABC dragons PBS Horror medical drama Universal E3 spain reviews Mary Tyler Moore strong female leads USA Musical video true crime ITV 2020 harry potter