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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"The result is a witty, well-played work without an adequate center. If you can get past that, Whatever Works does."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Woody Allen's comedy doesn't work- on any level."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"Even when delivering something of a regression, as this film is, (Allen) still packs more laughs and ideas into a film than most filmmakers do into a career."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"All rather mellow and predictable."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Whatever Works isn't topnotch Woody Allen, but it's still immensely funny."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"People cynically walk into so much expecting disappointment - auditoriums showing Woody Allen's annual crapshoot, for example. Sometimes, they get expected middling results. Sometimes, as with Allen's 30-year-old script, they get unanticipated surprises."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Even diehard fans might find it a bit of a chore."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The heart of the film belongs to Wood, Clarkson and Begley Jr., and they provide the biggest laughs. Watching their Southern-charm slowly transformed (corrupted?) by the emotional/artistic/erotic flavours of New York City is a typical Allen-esque treat."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"It won't win Allen new converts, but for those of faith, it offers consolation."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
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