What If Reviews

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September 22, 2016
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.
July 19, 2016
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.
August 28, 2014
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.
August 22, 2014
We're used to rom-coms that show off hot bodies (see Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits). With these two, it's their melancholy average-ness that make us go wow.
August 22, 2014
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.
August 21, 2014
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.
August 21, 2014
There are some reasonable moments, and Kazan brings all her cherubic prettiness and vulnerability, but I can't help thinking it appeared to better effect in her own romantic fantasy, Ruby Sparks.
August 21, 2014
A pleasant surprise. Radcliffe shines.
August 19, 2014
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.
August 15, 2014
Director Michael Dowse ("Take Me Home Tonight") can't quite decide on a tone -- sly, whimsical or wacky? -- but the problem is the material.
August 15, 2014
"What If" flies by on the instant and lasting chemistry between leads Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.
August 10, 2014
It feels familiar and the appeal of the leads can't fully compensate for unremarkable dialogue and the obligatory (but nevertheless irritating) "romantic complications" subplot.
August 8, 2014
While What If does have its blemishes -- there are times when it's just too cute for its own good -- it's so enjoyable from moment to moment that it's easy to forgive.
August 8, 2014
This is standard rom-com terrain, and, as directed by Michael Dowse and written by Elan Mastai, it doesn't fly high. At times it's rather sweet, though, and Radcliffe and Kazan have a nice nerds-in-clover rapport.
August 8, 2014
In many ways, What If takes us down a road that When Harry Met Sally first traveled a quarter-century ago. Yet I didn't really mind revisiting the old friend vs. lover discussion, especially one with a contemporary slant and solid dialogue.
August 8, 2014
I'll admit it: I fell hard for What If, even as I realized that in an alternate universe I may have wanted to punch all of these characters out.
August 8, 2014
What If doesn't break new ground. But it has charm to spare, and Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible. No ifs about it.
August 8, 2014
A glorified sitcom, with outbreaks of awkward slapstick complete with bodily injuries, in the mode of TV's "New Girl" with its constant riff-happy repartee but three times as long.
August 8, 2014
Spall is likable, Kazan is adorable, Driver is amusing enough as the blowhard best friend, and Radcliffe as Wallace is . . . a passive-aggressive lump.
August 8, 2014
Even if the movie feels headed in a predictable direction, it's fun to follow it, and even if the characters sound a little interchangeable, it's still amusing to hear them speak.
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