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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The script's way of handling its romantic complications is unusually obtuse and insensitive.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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James Berardinelli
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
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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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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
The geeky sidekicks in Whatever It Takes are no better or worse than those in a dozen other teen movies of recent vintage, but they get the job done.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Teens have it hard enough ... without dopey movies making them look like morons.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
The mixture of puerile double entendres, vomit humor, dumb-blonde and dumb-jock jokes, and smarmy last-minute sentiment on display here is pretty much beyond endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The cliches annoy.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Made-for-TV blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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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
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
With a running time of 92 minutes, Whatever It Takes is too long by an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Lame corruption of the 'Cyrano' legend.
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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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