Whatever Works

2009

Whatever Works

Critics Consensus

Based upon a script written in the 1970s, Woody Allen's Whatever Works suffers from a lack of fresh ideas.

50%

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Total Count: 165

61%

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An eccentric New Yorker abandons his upper class life to lead a more bohemian existence. He meets a young girl from the south and her family and no two people seem to get along in the entanglements that follow.

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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (47)

  • This is fun, but it turns Boris's doomsday neurotic rants into mere cartoon caterwauling. Levant, who never got a happy ending, would no doubt sneer.

    Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Woody Allen is always exploring new avenues. While Whatever Works isn't close to his best films, it is far better than most of the current crop of romantic comedies, most of which are schlock.

    Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
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  • It won't win Allen new converts, but for those of faith, it offers consolation.

    Jun 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • David might be plugging a gap between Curb series, but Allen can do better.

    Jun 25, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • For all its wobbles, Whatever Works is rooted in an agreeable sensibility: life favours fate over luck more than we'd like to think, so grab whatever chances of happiness come your way.

    Jun 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
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  • All rather mellow and predictable.

    Oct 15, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whatever Works

  • Jan 09, 2014
    Larry David is the only reason I watched this film but I soon seen Woody Allens name and realised this was one of many films I hadn't seen. I hold Allens films in high standard and just love the comedy he creates through use of dialogue. This film has hilarious Larry David rants and the dream team of Allen and David fits the comedy moments. You get the sense that Allen created the film for himself in the lead but I think David plays the neurotic lead well. The film has an innocence that you can't ignore, I'm a little shocked at all the mixed reviews. 04-11-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2013
    This film teaters on the fine line between interesting and strange. I may have a different outlook on this movie than other because I am a huge fan of Larry David, but overall the movie was just okay. It is a decent watch if you are in a cynical mood, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. It has a few moments of intrigue and humor, but it is hardly worth anyone's time.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2013
    Not bad, but something just doesn't click.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2012
    Sporadically humorous, but some of the acting is kind of sketchy, and there are a few too many familiar cliches involved in the love stories. I will admit I liked the themes involved and the misanthropic Larry David character.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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