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  • Summary: Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 8, 2014
    90
    In the highly imperfect world of contemporary romantic comedies, What If is as close to perfect as anything we've got, not least for the way it captures the abject hopefulness of young people who'd like to be in love but don't know how to go about it.
  2. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Aug 7, 2014
    80
    Director Michael Dowse (from the underrated Topher Grace comedy "Take Me Home Tonight") fuels the story with atmosphere, with lots of nighttime activity and bustle. He keeps things grounded in reality, though little touches (Chantry imagines her drawings coming to life) add an extra — and, perhaps, excessive — sweetness.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    Fortunately, What If rights itself well before the finish and finds its way back to the truth and the light.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 15, 2013
    67
    It tries to have some bite to its will-they-or-won't-they scenario but ultimately winds up toothless.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 7, 2014
    63
    If you can suspend your incredulity for a moment, What If has its bright moments. And that’s thanks in large part to its leads, who manage to do what Radcliffe has always done well: conjure up a little magic.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    Although What If nobly attempts to honor and embellish the tropes of the genre rather than reinvent them, the filmmakers get tripped up on their own good intentions and uncertain comedic instincts.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 6, 2014
    25
    What If is a case of the cutes the way the Black Death was a case of infectious disease. The movie is saturated with cute, teeming with cute, rancid with cute. I’d endured all a man could fairly be expected to take when I glanced at my watch and realized there were still 95 minutes to go.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 11, 2014
    7
    It was alright. It reminded me somewhat of 500 Days of Summer for awhile until it falls apart into a messy predictable mush at the end. The performances were solid and the writing was mostly on point, I just wish they would have ended it more originally. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2014
    6
    Unremarkable romcom with some unusually sparkling dialogue.

    It seems much longer than its 93 minute running time. I understand the original
    cut, under the title "The F Word" ran a full 101 minutes. I can't even imagine sitting through this for that long.

    Watch it if you're a fan of witty banter and are willing to watch another textbook story of love-delayed.
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  3. Aug 16, 2014
    6
    In his first rom-com Daniel Radcliffe meets a cute charmer (Zoe Kazan) and the chemistry is immediate. Turns out she has a bf, so they decide to just be friends. From there, it plays out exactly to formula. Luckily, Radcliffe and Kazan are both engaging, so that helps compensate for the film's uneven attempts to be eccentric. Even so, there's sufficient humor (and enjoyable support from Adam Driver) to keep it entertaining. Nothing new here, but fans of the genre (and Radcliffe) will find it appealing. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    1
    This movie is not good... It's not interesting and has no good qualities to it. Aside from a few chuckles there is nothing here. A joke that ran throughout the whole movie that I guess was supposed to be funny was not. The plot is entirely predictable from start to finish. You don't feel for the characters like you should in this type of movie. All characters are shallow and have nothing to them. The banter between the two main leads gets tiring after the first 5 minutes and you just want it to end. I was sitting in the theater wondering why I was there. It has nothing to differ itself from other average romantic comedies. This movie has so many cliches it is unbearable. Avoid this. Expand

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