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What If (2014)



Critic Consensus: Its narrative framework may be familiar, but What If transcends its derivative elements with sharp dialogue and the effervescent chemistry of stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

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WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? The ensemble romantic comedy costars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin. (C) CBS Films
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Zoe Kazan
as Chantry
Oona Chaplin
as Julianne
Sam Moses
as Cabbie
Enis Esmer
as Paramedic
George Tchortov
as Bartender
Tamara Duarte
as Cute Girl
Vanessa Matsui
as Sales Woman
Rosalind Feldman
as Antique Employee
Don Ritter
as Karate Referee
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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (42)

What If doesn't take too many surprising turns to get where you know it's going to go, but it handles each turn with consummate professionalism.

Full Review… | September 22, 2016
AV Club
Top Critic

If this all sounds a bit unromantic, What If certainly shows true love is difficult. For this boy and girl, falling hard for someone is a choice rather than a destiny.

Full Review… | July 19, 2016
The Atlantic
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Nerd wish-fulfillment of the first order, this Canadian rom-com places an artificial barrier between its cute-as-a-button leads and asks us to stick around for an hour and a half until it's artificially removed.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Long before the script permits the characters to acknowledge the obvious, you lose patience: Jump into the deep end of the bed already. It would be more fun and friendly to all concerned, especially the audience.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Globe and Mail
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The dialogue is believable and funny, even if strays a little too often into the grotesque eating and toilet habits of the late Elvis Presley.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Toronto Star
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For a kid who grew up in public and is worth an estimated 60 million, Daniel Radcliffe does a convincing job of playing a normal guy.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Time Out
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A by-the-numbers romantic comedy that's biggest surprise is in how inoffensive it all is. Everything is in the right place.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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DanRad RomCom Star, say whaaat?!?!?! He and Zoe Kazan are a captivating pint-sized couple, and despite the film's lame and innocuous title, "What If" presents a true and romantic journey through the zone of male-female-platonic-though-chemistry-heavy-friendship. DanRad's marble-mouthed enunciation is perfect for quick-witted Wallace's linguistic acrobatics, and while Chantry is a bit too naïve about her steady but passionless relationship and a bit too Fool's Gold-eating and Fool's Gold-having about her new guy bestie, if any actress is going to make her sympathetic, it's Zoe Kazan.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible and have a lovely chemistry together in this sweet romcom whose best asset is its charming, funny dialogue but which, on the other hand, is a bit too obvious and predictable with the kind of story that we have all seen many times before.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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