Movie reviewer website RottenTomatoes.com has added Eddie Murphy’s latest comedy-drama “A Thousand Words” on its list of worst movies ever.
The Brian Robbins-directed film started receiving widespread disapproval from critics almost immediately after it hit the US theatres on Friday. Rotten Tomatoes reviewers have proven to be its staunchest haters as they have made “A Thousand Words” the first film of this year to receive a rating of zero.
Matt Atchity, the Rotten Tomatoes’ chief editor, explained the rating procedure of their website in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He said, “Since we put a score up for a film with as little as five reviews, there are a lot of very small films that have releases, but for wide releases, there are probably only 3 or 4 dozens [zeroes] going back to the start of the site in 1999.
“On the list of the zeroes, it ['A Thousand Words'] will probably come in at fifth or sixth worst in history, but since reviews are still coming in, it may rank higher [or lower depending on your POV] on that list.”
Atchity further revealed that their website has more than 10,000 movies that boast higher ratings than “A Thousand Words” and that highlights its poor reception.
“‘Bucky Larson’ was the worst of the bunch last year, with a zero, and that joins the ranks of other 0% wide release like ‘Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever’, ‘One Missed Call’, ‘Benigni’s Pinocchio’ and ‘Killing Me Softly’,” he said.
“A Thousand Words” revolves around an extremely talkative man named Jack McCall (Played by Murphy), who must find an alternative way of communication. That’s because every word that comes out of his mouth, sheds one leaf from the tree on which his life depends.