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: June 19, 2009
DVD 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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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

[Whatever Works] has defenses built into it.

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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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Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

As a committed Allenphile who once dressed like Annie Hall and longed to be Hannah's sister, I've loved all of Woody's work and his latest is no exception.

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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.

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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Larry David may not be the best choice for the role of Woody Allen's alter-ego, but the film's script, written in the 1970s, is a refreshing return to… More
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
jay nixon
Hardly Woody at his best. Larry David is annoying almost beyond endurance.
Kevin M. Williams
An old New York (Jewish) cynic marries a Southern Baptist blonde ... hilarity ensues. Or that's the general presumption. But Allen threw this goof light… More
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
Larry David stars in this Woody Allen off beat comedy. Based in New York, an upper class guy leaves his wife for a more chilled out existence. He befriends and… More