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Whatever Works Reviews

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 24, 2010
It seems that Allen -- who hasn't needed to prove himself in an age -- is now happy to settle for, well, whatever works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stubbs
Uncut Magazine [UK]
June 23, 2010
Whatever Works is derived from a project Allen sketched out in the '70s, shelved due to quality concerns. First thought, best thought.
Matthew Turner
June 23, 2010
Enjoyable, well written and frequently amusing Woody Allen comedy that doesn't exactly break any new ground but should at least bring in the Larry David fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 25, 2010
While you may well have heard this sort of thing before, the familiarity of the humour makes it all the more lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 2, 2010
Representa mais um esforço acima da média deste cineasta que, mesmo aos 74 anos, não dá sinais de pretender diminuir seu ritmo de produção.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 10, 2009
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Adam Lippe
November 6, 2009
The fact that the apartment set seems so stagebound, there's almost no pretense of pretending we're not on a set, makes the movie quite hollow and canned.
Brian Orndorf
October 30, 2009
Finally catching the feature on Blu-ray after taking an absurdly stubborn stance of protest this summer, I have to say with all honesty, Sony Pictures Classics probably made the right choice to pull the picture away from further negative response.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 15, 2009
All rather mellow and predictable.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
October 15, 2009
Whatever Works is funnier than anything he's done in a long time -- funny in the robust vaudevillian manner of Groucho Marx.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 14, 2009
I actually quite enjoyed this, except this sort of constant rant: the contempt he has for humanity and yadda yadda yadda.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 14, 2009
In the end, Whatever Works just about does work, though there's an awkwardness about it that is never quite dispelled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 14, 2009
Allen wrote the script almost 40 years ago, and then voluntarily shelved it because studios at the time expressed doubts about its quality. If it wasn't good enough back then, why drag it out now?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Giles Hardie
October 13, 2009
Whatever Works, like its lead character, takes a long while to draw us in, but once it does it is enjoyable, thoughtful and decidedly Woody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Liz Graham
FILMINK (Australia)
October 13, 2009
Woody Allen's supposedly undiscovered masterpiece is a complete failure, featuring a one-note performance from the usually hilarious Larry David.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
October 11, 2009
Fans of Allen's work should be happy to find him back in Manhattan, still exploring the meaning of his existence through some typically funny one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Hilton Thomas
Empire Magazine Australasia
October 11, 2009
Vicious laughs and smart shots at our "enlightened" humanity abound, but a nasty current of misanthropy overpowers Woody' latest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 9, 2009
You come away from it wishing there were more laugh-out-loud moments, a little less contrivance, and more enthusiasm curbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 8, 2009
The result is a stew that is not as satisfying as the gumbo which Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) gets to enjoy
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 8, 2009
I really enjoyed the film. It's not Allen's best and there is a theatricality that keeps us at arm's length; despite the highly successful direct to camera confidences, which are surprisingly endearing. Allen has knitted together a sweater of angst
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