75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Easily one of the loosest, most satisfying comedies to hail from the prolific writer/director in a while.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Yellnikoff, played with perfect pitch by Larry David.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Features enough genuine laughs to give it decent commercial traction.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Whatever Works is very minor Woody, querulous, fitfully funny, and removed from any shared reality.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is Allen's weakest film in years.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The fact that Allen wrote the script in the '70s explains something about why his newest movie feels so old.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Woody, please: Go back to the European locales that so energized you of late.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie on the whole is joyless. Whatever Works doesn’t.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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