Whatever Works Reviews

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February 6, 2018
This is fun, but it turns Boris's doomsday neurotic rants into mere cartoon caterwauling. Levant, who never got a happy ending, would no doubt sneer.
August 23, 2017
[Whatever Works] has defenses built into it.
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.
November 17, 2011
June 4, 2011
December 29, 2010
Woody Allen's comedy doesn't work- on any level.
July 6, 2010
It is impossible to detach Woody Allen's decline, notwithstanding its individual twists and turns, from the general fate of considerable numbers of quasi-cultured, semi-bohemian, once-liberal, upper middle class New Yorkers in particular.
June 28, 2010
Even diehard fans might find it a bit of a chore.
June 25, 2010
David might be plugging a gap between Curb series, but Allen can do better.
June 24, 2010
What's Woody Allen's worst film? Look no further.
June 24, 2010
Tragically making Vicky Cristina Barcelona look like a happy accident, Whatever Works is retro Allen that smacks of desperation.
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.
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.
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.
December 10, 2009
full review at Movies for the Masses
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.
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.
October 15, 2009
All rather mellow and predictable.
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?
October 13, 2009
Woody Allen's supposedly undiscovered masterpiece is a complete failure, featuring a one-note performance from the usually hilarious Larry David.
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