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Whatever Works Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
There's just no real soul to Boris, no hint of the mania behind his crazed, neurotic worldview, no inherent and implied backstory that a skilled actor can provide. David is game and does his best, but let's call this what it is: Stunt casting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 30, 2012
This gleefully ironic comic fable feels different in tone from the likes of Vicky Christina Barcelona and Match Point. Woody has dusted off an old screenplay from the early 1970s that he'd originally written for Zero Mostel, shelved when the star died.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 16, 2011
Whatever works está llena de momentos geniales y divertidos, pero también de cierta humanidad en sus personajes que suele ser disfrazada de sarcasmo. Un verdadero show de Larry David, gentileza de Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
Woody Allen's comedy doesn't work- on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0
Nick Rogers
December 2, 2010
People cynically walk into so much expecting disappointment - auditoriums showing Woody Allen's annual crapshoot, for example. Sometimes, they get expected middling results. Sometimes, as with Allen's 30-year-old script, they get unanticipated surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
The heart of the film belongs to Wood, Clarkson and Begley Jr., and they provide the biggest laughs. Watching their Southern-charm slowly transformed (corrupted?) by the emotional/artistic/erotic flavours of New York City is a typical Allen-esque treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cris Kennedy
July 4, 2010
Even when delivering something of a regression, as this film is, (Allen) still packs more laughs and ideas into a film than most filmmakers do into a career.
| Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 28, 2010
Even diehard fans might find it a bit of a chore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Shoard
June 25, 2010
It won't win Allen new converts, but for those of faith, it offers consolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
June 25, 2010
Whatever Works is a welcome return to Allen's New York roots and enjoyable insofar as it is far wittier than most modern comedies, but it lacks anything fresh to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
June 25, 2010
David might be plugging a gap between Curb series, but Allen can do better.
| Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
June 25, 2010
Whatever Works works.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 24, 2010
What's Woody Allen's worst film? Look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
June 24, 2010
Tragically making Vicky Cristina Barcelona look like a happy accident, Whatever Works is retro Allen that smacks of desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 24, 2010
It's not classic Woody Allen, despite him writing it 40 years ago, but you'll be fairly entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
June 24, 2010
The rhythm of comedy dialogue has changed, yet Allen executes his script in a manner that leaves the cast swimming in a piece that feels curiously dated, like it's a lost picture from yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
June 24, 2010
Allen showed us better than anyone what the good times really look like. We can't quite give up on that. We never will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 24, 2010
Great news! Woody Allen has extended his run of decent films! To two!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 24, 2010
There's an abundance of incisive one-liners and embittered tirades, with David bringing a new caustic flavour to Allen's nebbish alter ego, and if the action is occasionally contrived and stagy, it's mostly amusing and assured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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