It's not Eddie Murphy's year: Fresh from being named Hollywood's most overpaid actor by Forbes, Movieinsider.com names Murphy's latest project, A Thousand Words, the worst-reviewed movie of 2012.
Critics were merciless to A Thousand Words, which came out last March and featured Murphy as a salesman struck dumb by a magical tree. Unable to speak, he has to mug his way out of (yep, you guessed it!) crazy situations.
"Follows directly in the footsteps of Bruce Almighty, Click, Liar Liar, Groundhog Day and any other post-Freaky Friday high-concept redemption story that inevitably crossed Tim Allen and Adam Sandler's desks at some point," wrote the critic for Film.com, while Slant complained about "jarring slapstick and Starbucks product placements."
A Thousand Words garnered an astonishing zero percent rating on film review compendium Rotten Tomatoes.
The second-worst reviewed movie of 2012 was One for the Money, a Katherine Heigl vehicle starring the smug star as a Snooki-esque New Jersey bounty hunter.
"There have been notable exceptions, but Heigl tends to imbue her characters with an off-putting mix of insecurity and abrasiveness," wrote the New York Daily News. "This is a prime example."
The critic for the Los Angeles Times agreed: "An ungainly mix of flat-footed gumshoeing and strained attempts at hilarity, all delivered with an unconvincing Joizy vibe," she termed the film.
The New York Times was even grumpier: "There is action of a sort -- a car blows up, shots are fired -- and what might pass for witty, sexy banter to someone who once overheard a conversation about an episode of Moonlighting."
Rounding out the rest of the unloved top ten are, in order: Playing for Keeps, A Little Bit of Heaven, The Apparition, Silent Hill: Revelations 3D, The Cold Light of Day, The Devil Inside, The Babymakers and Red Dawn.
Wait, so you're saying A Thousand Words got worse reviews than Silent Hill: Revelations 3D, the sequel to a movie based on a video game? Wow, that must be one stinky movie.
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