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Whatever It Takes Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.
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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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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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Phoebe Flowers
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Whatever It Takes takes old tale, ruins it.
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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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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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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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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
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
A cinematic sour ball posing as bubblegum teen comedy.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
There's something sweet and delightfully anarchic about it.
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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.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The producers ... settle for the most obvious load of formula stuff in a numbingly cliched teen comedy pivoting on a lot of plastic angst over who'll take whom to the prom.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
West, Franco, O'Keefe and Sokoloff are fine. It's just the dynamic of the callous jock/lovable oddball/stuck-up slut/sweet kid that reeks like a stale gym locker.
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Pamela Mitchell
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Lame script.
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Kendall Morgan
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Although the leads are appealing, you're better off watching them for free on the little screen, in Once and Again....
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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Tepid, predictable fantasy.
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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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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