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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
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.
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
Woody Allen's comedy doesn't work- on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 3, 2009
After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 25, 2009
Coming off last year's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the freshest Allen film in more than a decade, Whatever Works plays like a hoary old Broadway stage comedy yanked, reluctantly, into the present.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
August 11, 2009
Woody Allen is infuriating. He has created some of the most radical and important comedy of all time. But Woody Allen is old and he is lazy and he just doesn't care.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
June 25, 2010
David might be plugging a gap between Curb series, but Allen can do better.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
A sub-Don Rickles nuisance at 5 minutes and medieval torture at 92
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.
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
June 18, 2009
A superficial bit of cultural warfare that pits New York as the epitome of all things grand and cultured and those from the South as simple minded, impressionable bumpkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 3, 2009
If anyone else had made this unromantic comedy, they'd be accused of ripping off Manhattan. Since it was made by Allen, let's just accuse him of not having many fresh ideas in the past three decades.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
July 3, 2009
The working title for Whatever Works should have been 'The Heart Wants What it Wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
June 22, 2009
Does little except reinforce the notion that Allen's creative well has long since run dry.
Sarah Boslaugh
July 3, 2009
The role of Boris was written for Zero Mostel, who just might have been able to pull it off. But with David instead of vulnerable humanity you get a lot of agitated monologues...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 15, 2009
All rather mellow and predictable.
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
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 19, 2009
Some may observe that two of every three jokes fall flat, but I'm a little bit amazed that Allen would toss that one good third into such a sloppy story, like a fistful of prized truffles whisked quickly into a pan of Tuna Helper.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 19, 2009
It's good to have Allen return to the city he grew up in. Can the grown-up Woody come back now, please?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Diva Velez
June 18, 2009
Powered by Larry David as Woody Allen's most successful avatar; if you can suspend your disbelief to go with the absurd geriatric male fantasy plot, the rest of the film is your oyster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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