• PG-13, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Woody Allen
    In Theaters:
    Jun 19, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 27, 2009
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Whatever Works Reviews

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It seems that Allen -- who hasn't needed to prove himself in an age -- is now happy to settle for, well, whatever works.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

June 24, 2010
David Stubbs
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Whatever Works is derived from a project Allen sketched out in the '70s, shelved due to quality concerns. First thought, best thought.

Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]

June 23, 2010
Matthew Turner

Enjoyable, well written and frequently amusing Woody Allen comedy that doesn't exactly break any new ground but should at least bring in the Larry David fans.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

June 23, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

While you may well have heard this sort of thing before, the familiarity of the humour makes it all the more lovable.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 25, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Representa mais um esforço acima da média deste cineasta que, mesmo aos 74 anos, não dá sinais de pretender diminuir seu ritmo de produção.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

May 2, 2010
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 1/5

December 10, 2009
Adam Lippe

The fact that the apartment set seems so stagebound, there's almost no pretense of pretending we're not on a set, makes the movie quite hollow and canned.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

November 6, 2009
Brian Orndorf

Finally catching the feature on Blu-ray after taking an absurdly stubborn stance of protest this summer, I have to say with all honesty, Sony Pictures Classics probably made the right choice to pull the picture away from further negative response.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: C-

October 30, 2009
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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All rather mellow and predictable.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

October 15, 2009
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

Whatever Works is funnier than anything he's done in a long time -- funny in the robust vaudevillian manner of Groucho Marx.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2009
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I actually quite enjoyed this, except this sort of constant rant: the contempt he has for humanity and yadda yadda yadda.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

October 14, 2009
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

In the end, Whatever Works just about does work, though there's an awkwardness about it that is never quite dispelled.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2009
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Allen wrote the script almost 40 years ago, and then voluntarily shelved it because studios at the time expressed doubts about its quality. If it wasn't good enough back then, why drag it out now?

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 14, 2009
Giles Hardie

Whatever Works, like its lead character, takes a long while to draw us in, but once it does it is enjoyable, thoughtful and decidedly Woody.

Full Review Source: Unknown2 | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 13, 2009
Liz Graham
FILMINK (Australia)

Woody Allen's supposedly undiscovered masterpiece is a complete failure, featuring a one-note performance from the usually hilarious Larry David.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 13, 2009
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

Fans of Allen's work should be happy to find him back in Manhattan, still exploring the meaning of his existence through some typically funny one-liners.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 11, 2009
Hilton Thomas
Empire Magazine Australasia

Vicious laughs and smart shots at our "enlightened" humanity abound, but a nasty current of misanthropy overpowers Woody' latest work.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2009
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

You come away from it wishing there were more laugh-out-loud moments, a little less contrivance, and more enthusiasm curbed.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

October 9, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The result is a stew that is not as satisfying as the gumbo which Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) gets to enjoy

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 8, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

I really enjoyed the film. It's not Allen's best and there is a theatricality that keeps us at arm's length; despite the highly successful direct to camera confidences, which are surprisingly endearing. Allen has knitted together a sweater of angst

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 8, 2009
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