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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Whatever Works feels like something out of time and, worse, out of step. Hell, Allen wrote the script back in the 1970s for Zero Mostel. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is Allen's weakest film in years. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Woody, please: Go back to the European locales that so energized you of late. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie on the whole is joyless. Whatever Works doesn’t. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Easily one of the loosest, most satisfying comedies to hail from the prolific writer/director in a while. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    While the film is slightly better than similar efforts Allen made between the ’90s and his recent time in Europe, it’s both too broad and too shallow. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Features enough genuine laughs to give it decent commercial traction. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Yellnikoff, played with perfect pitch by Larry David. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    What makes Whatever Works so enjoyable, aside from the unusually high number of effective one-liners the script contains (this is Allen's funniest movie since Mighty Aphrodite), are its supporting characters. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's a slight-but-enjoyable effort, and it features something a little on the surprising side: an optimistic ending. show more

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  • July 21, 2009 robert v. boos
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    Loved the movie. After seeing some of the latest in the movies, i.e. (Bruno) which I walked out of the theatre, Larry David was great and the Woody Allen touch was there.

  • July 20, 2009 LYankowitz
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    Classic Woody Allen, featuring some great writing and an impressive performance by Rachel Evan Ward. I was disappointed in the cinematography - what was shot was fine - I now the Chinatown street that the main character lives on and true to form it looks a lot better through Woody Allens' lens - but the views of New York, inside and out, were just too few. This film had a forced quality that I think was deliberate - but somehow didn't work for me. I wouldn't recommend it as a first Woody Allen film or for non WA fans - otherwise, go enjoy, it's worth it as long as your expectations are in the fair-to-middlin' range.

  • July 19, 2009 Denyc1
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    One word to describe the movie "Genius". If your attention spam is beyond mindless car chases, predictable fight scenes and redundant plots. It you enjoy brilliant banter, hilarious situations and wonderful acting it is a must see. Woody has done it again.

  • July 10, 2009 EAUA619
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    Great movie

  • July 09, 2009 to the Millers
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    you have to like Woody.....then you will really enjoy this typical old Woody style of wacky

  • July 09, 2009 Mambes
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    At most, a B minus movie and definitely not of Woody's best. Larry David is fine in half hour sit-coms where the crazy events can carry much of the plot, but can't handle the acting required in a full move. It would have been much better if Woody himself had taken that role.Evan Rachel Wood was great and we really enjoyed her performance. Larry's talking directly to audience was a nice creative device. I was distracted by the washed out color. Was that deliberate? In summary better than the currently available sci fi, ******** and shoot em ups but dissapointing for Woody Allen fans ************** and long for another great one.

  • July 08, 2009 aspenparkrc
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    I totally enjoyed this film, as did the few people who were in the theatre with me, but I am a big fan of Woody Allen movies. I agree with his philosophy of life and find his insight into human nature amusing. And Woody has quite a knack for finding amazing young leading ladies.

  • July 10, 2009 asarnel
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    I was truly excited to see this movie. With what a read about being close to Anna Hall, it never came close. In fact the movie was a disappointment to me to be honest with you. It was too far fetched and corny to be anywhere close to a good movie.

  • June 28, 2009 EdDavis440
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    Funny, Funny, Funny

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