Whatever Works Synopsis
Sparks fly when an eccentric New Yorker (Larry David) meets a Southern gal and her family.
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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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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Yellnikoff, played with perfect pitch by Larry David.
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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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The Hollywood Reporter

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

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

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

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

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie on the whole is joyless. Whatever Works doesn’t.
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One of the Season's Worst !

By Santa_Fe_Ranger
I've always enjoyed Allen's humor and self-absorbed neurosis, but this film was terrible. I knew I was in for a disappointment when "Boris" started talking directly into the camera to the...

I laughed and that what works for me

By Powerhugs
After sifting through a myriad of your typical anti-Woody Allen reviews I was determined to see this film for myself because I wanted to be my own judge..Yes its true that its not Woody's best work...

Whatever works and it doesnt

By Budik
My god retire already, I am so mad working hard for my money just to pay for this trash. There was a reach for the remote feeling throughout the entire movie. I was even praying for a ad to popup for...

Hilarious! Typical Woody Allen and Larry David fashion - entertaining and funny!

By elibutton
I thought this movie was hilarious! I was excited to see Woody and Larry team up for this film. If you're a fan of Woody Allen - or Larry David - then you'll definitely love this movie as it will...

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By teovaldi
good writing, acting, directing, photography, original, creative, insightful. One of Woody Allen's best....

Whatever Works

By cookingjoan
Fun, light, hilarious. Don't miss it. Great acting. Good message....


By Supreme Being
Larry David & Woody Allen , WOW! It's taken me years to actually like Woody Allen movies, but this one is one of his best and he has officially gained a fan for life. Larry David is a comic...

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By steven.axelrod@gmail.com
A very funny, smart, and touching film. It's nicely written, with some prime Woody Allen jokes, and it's beautifully acted. Patricia Clarkson is indelible, but everyone in the film is terrific. This...


By bunnyhops6
I thought the movie sucked....

Whatever Works

By movies9831
Funny, cerebral. Clearly it was Hal David saying Woody Allen's words. Perfect for a half-hour movie - if it was longer it would have been a bit too much of the same....

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Tepid adult comedy is no Allen masterpiece.
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