Whatever It Takes Reviews

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
This is simply an assembly of cinematic cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2010
Please, oh please, make these teen-targeted romantic comedies go away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Whatever It Takes is one of the worst and most inept teen movies I've seen since last year's Jawbreaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
What you're actually hearing is the sound of a really old coot preaching a very practised sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 24, 2003
Whatever It Takes is certainly nothing new or ground-breaking, but for what it is, it's entertaining and slightly above-average.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This is about as lame as teen comedy/romance films come.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It never has enough confidence to let itself go and shock or surprise the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Philpot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
You -- yes, you -- can write a teen comedy. Whatever It Takes is proof.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Worthy sentiments all, but not exactly fresh insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Phoebe Flowers
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Whatever It Takes takes old tale, ruins it.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
An occasionally amusing but otherwise unimaginative teen-based comedy.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
What the film takes for granted is that there is a young horde waiting to be sold the old tripe again, a group very specifically targeted (from about age 15.2 to 19.4) as laugh patsies.
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
The predictable scenarios don't allow the actors many opportunities to distinguish themselves.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
Mark Schwahn didn't really write Whatever It Takes; he more or less assembled it out of spare parts, pop-culture detritus, the best and worst leftovers available to a first-time writer on a school-lunch budget.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy.
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Pamela Mitchell
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Lame script.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
There are way too many poop and crotch jokes.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
What's that you say? You want what? Originality? Or at least something marginally distinctive? That's not what these movies are about!
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Tepid, predictable fantasy.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Falls flat with unbelievably bad scenes that are also just plain unbelievable.
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