Whatever Works (2009)



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

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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.
PG-13 (for sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material)
Comedy , Romance
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Larry David
as Boris Yellnikoff
Conleth Hill
as Leo Brockman
Henry Cavill
as Randy James
Jessica Hecht
as Helena
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Critic Reviews for Whatever Works

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (43)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

All rather mellow and predictable.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Full Review… | October 14, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

The result is a witty, well-played work without an adequate center. If you can get past that, Whatever Works does.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Whatever Works

Larry David may not be the best choice for the role of Woody Allen's alter-ego, but the film's script, written in the 1970s, is a refreshing return to the first half of Allen's career and to his beloved New York after the movies he made in London and Spain.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Hardly Woody at his best. Larry David is annoying almost beyond endurance.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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