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Whatever Works (2009)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 27, 2009
Box Office: $5.2M
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Larry David
as Boris Yellnikoff
Conleth Hill
as Leo Brockman
Henry Cavill
as Randy James
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Critic Reviews for Whatever Works

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (43)

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2011
Uruguay Total

Woody Allen's comedy doesn't work- on any level.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010

Audience Reviews for Whatever Works

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 the first half of Allen's career and to his beloved New York after the movies he made in London and Spain.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Hardly Woody at his best. Larry David is annoying almost beyond endurance.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 David, but overall the movie was just okay. It is a decent watch if you are in a cynical mood, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. It has a few moments of intrigue and humor, but it is hardly worth anyone's time.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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