What/If: Part 1 (2019)

Part 1

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A deliriously delicious performance from Renée Zellweger can't save What/If from its own mediocrity, but boy is she fun to watch.



Critic Ratings: 32


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User Ratings: 56

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Tv Season Info

Desperate to secure funding for her med tech startup, an idealistic scientist and her husband strike an outrageous deal with a mysterious investor.

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Critic Reviews for What/If Part 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (16)

Mike Kelley's anthology thriller is an addictive, tongue-in-cheek homage to '90s neo-noir, packed with preposterous melodrama and juicy twists.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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It's not a good show, but it's entertaining in a very specific way. Zellweger has sunk her teeth so deeply into this notion of Welcome To Rich Prowling Cougartown that she's practically licking up bowls of milk.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…
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When Zellweger's not on screen, What/If is a mostly empty, broad strokes neo-noir soap, frothy and forgettable. When she appears, it's still all of those things-- but dear lord, please pass the popcorn.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

A show in which Renée Zellweger is biting off chunks of scenery, shredding them with her dainty white teeth, and digesting them on camera while everyone else sits limply in her shadow.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

What/If is a series that can't really be judged on whether it's "good" or "bad" (but if we must: it's definitely the latter). It's preposterous but compulsive; I can't quite say I've enjoyed watching the episodes but I'm dying to see how it ends.

May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
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A masterful hybrid of old-school soaper and neo-tawdry mystery, it's cheesy but please-y in its rabid insistence on outrageous melodrama.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

An intense performance from Zellweger in a soap opera that doesn't go big. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This suspense ride feels more like a soap opera than a tv show with logic in its script. It's dull and harmless, and thrillers should not be like that. [Full review in Spanish].

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

A noir-thriller What/If is not. This is a messy, trashy prime-time soap opera, except on streaming. Or worse, a midday movie with a slightly higher production budget and an Oscar winner.

Jun 21, 2019 | Full Review…

It's like really cheap store-bought nacho cheese: Once you start, you can't finish, but there's never a moment of joy in the experience of eating it, and afterward all you're left with is a bigger gut and a deep sense of shame and revulsion.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

...if you find yourself in need of some mindless escapism, embrace your inner garbage raccoon and dive into What/If

May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Mild sex and violence in fun, dark, soapy Zellweger drama.

Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What/If: Part 1

  • Jun 15, 2020
    Average. Aside from Zelwiger who is great. Sorry I wasted my time watching 10 episodes. The "women are dominant" theme is getting so old. This show is no exception: Main protagonist- genius, wholesome, scientist - woman. Main assistant to protagonist - genius, determined, always right, dominant - woman. Main antagonist - powerful, dominant, cunning, destroys everyone- woman. Surgeon who overcomes all odds - woman. Surgeon's husband - fireman. Scientist husband - bartender/fireman/liar/murderer. Faithful servant to antagonist - man. The homosexual theme is way overplayed in hollywood too as they would have you believe that every 3rd or 4th person you meet is gay. I have no problem with homosexuality, but am tired of it being shoved down my throat every time I watch something. I have gay friends who agree that Hollywood has completely overdone it.
  • May 24, 2020
    Renée Zellweger in what if isn't the old romantic girl, on the contrary her character as a witch and bitch has been fantastic, a true « femme fatale » from the French cinéma noir. Blake Jenner as Sean did an excellent job, je is indeed a very good actor, I didn't like too much Jane Levy, she did just a decent job, but in general and in spite some flaws, What If is a good show and we deserve to know what if comes next
  • May 15, 2020
    Renée Zellweger Was amazing in her role. Everything else appears mediocre especially Lisa's character . Lisa's character is one dimensional and the story line is mehh.
  • May 10, 2020
    Renee Zellweger is absolutely fascinating playing the juicy lead in this trashy soap opera that's otherwise populated by banal one-dimensional characters. Unfortunately, even the Oscar-winning lead can't pull off the preposterous final three episodes. It becomes so unintentionally funny, you wonder how on earth the cast could stop laughing long enough to actually film it.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    LOVED IT! Great story line...unlike anything ive watched before...Renee Z. Is fantastic in it...cant wait for season 2
  • Dec 26, 2019
    I really enjoyed the show, despite the overall low ratings from experts in film industry. Renee Zewellger did an amazing job and I almost forgave her for the transformation she chose for her body. Although some say her outstanding performance did not save the show, I'm glad her talents are revealed. The story is quite appealing in forcing you to face the ugly side of human nature. It doesn't have to be realistic to truly touch your sole. Up until 5 mins prior to the final ending, the show is intense, full of surprises and jaw dropping. While the majority of the conflicts and struggles seem to reconcile peacefully, which is slightly disappointing, with the only exception of Anne's survival from the fire she set up where she should have ended her own life. When a happy ending occur, people tend to very quickly come to a conclusion, that the show has failed to distinguish itself from everything else that is predictable. I specifically do not agree with one review that compared Whatif to GOT, the latter of which is a true disaster. I gave a big thumbs up to Renee's returning show off and nod my head to praise the show that it deserves.
  • Nov 22, 2019
    Phenomenal!!! This show keeps you on your toes! My husband and I throughly enjoyed watching every episode, pausing every so often to pull together all the pieces; which in my opinion made the mystery of it all even better. There are so many mind blowing twists to this storyline. We both agreed, this is one of the BEST shows we've seen in a long time!! I don't know who the "critics" are, but they must have not understood the storyline. Kudos to the writers, *hoping* for season 2!!!
  • Nov 01, 2019
    Renee is fabulous, a masterpiece. The story is intriguing but the acting of some other actors, specially the part of Lisa is not good at all, makes it difficult to watch. Some scenes are very cheesy and so predictable. it is not a good show despite Renee .
  • Oct 23, 2019
    #WhatIf turned out to be a mediocre drama with over-exaggerated promise & underwhelming delivery. The writing was, at times far too dramatic, severely lacking in character development & showcased inconsistent & unoriginal dialog. The main storyline seemed underdeveloped which led to unrelated side-stories that failed to connect with the audience or the plot. The poor dialog editing often disrupted the organic flow of the scene, felt forced & scattered. I whole-heartedly went in with the expectation that Mike Kelley had created the next blockbuster for #Netflix but I was left bewildered, confused & irritated. What I can say is that this show is very inclusive which is always beautiful in its own right. #WhatIfnetflix P.S.- #ReneeZellweger was stunning & always impresses, but I would have loved to have seen what #JenniferTilly could have done with this role.
  • Sep 22, 2019
    What/if is perfectly binge-able. Zellweger is simply amazing in her role. I truly hope there is a Part II!

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