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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Still another movie arguing that the American teenager's IQ level hovers in the low 90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Like some kind of perverse cinematic plague, the teen comedies keep coming, each looking like a more washed-out xerox of the last one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
There are way too many poop and crotch jokes.
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Lame corruption of the 'Cyrano' legend.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Another lowest-common- denominator high school romance made from the cannibalized parts of equally unambitious teen fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The script's way of handling its romantic complications is unusually obtuse and insensitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This is the cinematic equivalent of those over-the-hill jocks who show up at their high school's game wearing a mothballed letter-jacket.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
What was that movie that finds humor in someone barfing on someone else? Give me a minute, it's on the tip of my tongue! Whatever It Takes.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
An assembly-line high-school comedy that flunks miserably in all three subjects.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Emotional falsehood permeates the picture, but at least the young actors are appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
If you saw a single John Hughes movie from the 1980s, you've already seen this territory covered with more style and insight.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
The lightest, most forgettable item yet backed by Phoenix Pictures.
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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Robert Philpot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
You -- yes, you -- can write a teen comedy. Whatever It Takes is proof.
Sean O'Connell
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
The only thing you won't see through the sparkling smiles of the fresh-faced, beautiful cast is an original thought or message.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
An occasionally amusing but otherwise unimaginative teen-based comedy.
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
The unoriginal plot mixed with the apparent inability to land a single joke doom the production for expulsion from the ranks of decent cinema.
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
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Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

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February 14, 2001

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March 24, 2002

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June 19, 2002
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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