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Whatever Works Reviews

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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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
June 25, 2010
Whatever Works works.
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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
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
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
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.
Read More | 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
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
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