In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Words,' 'Bachelorette' and More

9:00 PM PST 09/06/2012 by Paula Zulian
"The Words"

What THR's critics say about the movies opening this week.

Bradley Cooper learns a lesson about the perils of plagiarism in The Words

The actor plays a celebrated writer who published an anonymous author's work as his own, and discovers the price he must pay. Also starring Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde, the drama from writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal is one of several films hitting theaters this weekend.

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Meanwhile, the comedy Bachelorette directed by Leslye Headland stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson. The film follows three friends who are asked to be bridesmaids at the wedding of a woman they didn't like back in high school.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend, and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

The Words
Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons lead a familiar and slightly flawed melodrama already headed for distribution by CBS Films. Read Todd McCarthy's review from Sundance here.

Bachelorette
Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson star in this acid-dipped comedy, which seems inevitably fated to be weighed against "Bridesmaids," giving it both a marketing hook and a hurdle to overcome. Read David Rooney's review here.

Girl Model (opened Wednesday)
Between Siberia and Tokyo, scouts and agencies scouring the Russian countryside to find fresh faces for new girl models for the hungry Japanese market in this revealing doc by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. Read David Rooney's review here.

Hello I Must Be Going
Melanie Lynskey stars as a thirtysomething who has a life crisis and ends up living with her parents, without a husband, children, career or prospects. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

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Keep the Lights On
Drawing on painful personal experience, director Ira Sachs charts the highs and lows of a decade-long love story between two gay men torn by addiction. Read David Rooney's review here.

[REC]3: Genesis
The mysterious prequel in the Genesis series provides a new outlook on the zombie franchise. Read John DeFore's review here.

For Ellen
Characters struggle to connect in this slow-paced low-budget drama starring Paul Dano, Jon Heder and Jena Malone. Read Justin Lowe's review here.

Beauty Is Embarrassing
Neil Berkeley's documentary brings light to an artist who specializes in humor and highbrow art forms. Read John DeFore's review here.

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