Whatever Works
Whatever Works (2009)

An eccentric New Yorker abandons his upper class life to lead a more bohemian existence. He meets a young girl from the south and her family and no two people seem to get along in the entanglements that follow.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Based upon a script written in the 1970s, Woody Allen's Whatever Works suffers from a lack of fresh ideas.

Ben Walters
Time Out

For all its wobbles, Whatever Works is rooted in an agreeable sensibility: life favours fate over luck more than we'd like to think, so grab whatever chances of happiness come your way.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The result is a witty, well-played work without an adequate center. If you can get past that, Whatever Works does.

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Will Leitch

There's just no real soul to Boris, no hint of the mania behind his crazed, neurotic worldview, no inherent and implied backstory that a skilled actor can provide. David is game and does his best, but let's call this what it is: Stunt casting.

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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

All rather mellow and predictable.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Whatever Works isn't topnotch Woody Allen, but it's still immensely funny.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

This gleefully ironic comic fable feels different in tone from the likes of Vicky Christina Barcelona and Match Point. Woody has dusted off an old screenplay from the early 1970s that he'd originally written for Zero Mostel, shelved when the star died.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Whatever Works isn't deep, but with Grandpa Woody, you accept the warmed over, the recycled, just relieved he hasn't made a spectacle of himself.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Whatever works está llena de momentos geniales y divertidos, pero también de cierta humanidad en sus personajes que suele ser disfrazada de sarcasmo. Un verdadero show de Larry David, gentileza de Woody Allen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Hardly Woody at his best. Larry David is annoying almost beyond endurance.
Kevin M. Williams
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Sanjay Rema
This film teaters on the fine line between interesting and strange. I may have a different outlook on this movie than other because I am a huge fan of Larry… More
Candy Rose
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Daniel Perry
I feel like fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm would see nothing in this film that they haven't before, but thankfully, I'm not one of them, so the… More
Ken Stachnik
While I don't believe ANY of the things in the movie would ever happen (other than because the script said so) I can't say I wasn't entertained,… More