Whatever It Takes

Metascore
20

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 15 out of 22

Critic Reviews

  1. 0
    Drivel of the purest ray serene.
  2. 25
    There's a movie opening today that is so indistinctive I can barely remember its name.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    Pretty lame stuff. Already it seems to be passing with the speed of light into the limbo of utterly forgettable "who-will-I-take-to-the-prom?" movies.
  4. Disingenuously naive romantic comedy.
  5. 38
    It involves teenagers who have never existed, doing things no teenager has ever done, for reasons no teenager would understand. Of course, it's aimed at the teenage market.
  6. 25
    So derivative and crass that it's far more entertaining to try to think of the dozens of films it's ripping off than it is to take any of it at face value.
  7. Bearable only because, unlike the recent spate of teen films, it's so breezy it barely even registers.
  8. Populated by ersatz versions of stars who, in this case, are fairly vanilla to begin with.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    It's a notch above average, but Whatever It Takes can't get too far above that notch.
  10. 30
    If the teen in your life drags you along to this movie, act like you're doing him a favor -- and try not to let on that you sort of liked it.
  11. It's guys like Floyd who make a movie like Whatever It Takes feel like high school. And the rest of the losers make it feel like a movie.
  12. 0
    If you can summon up the resolve to search, there is not a single honest moment in all of Whatever It Takes.
  13. 20
    Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy starring the preposterously good-looking stars of mediocre TV series.
  14. A teen comedy so stupid that a long nose -- perhaps with a red bulb on it -- actually would have helped.
  15. 25
    An assembly-line high-school comedy that flunks miserably in all three subjects.
  16. You haven't heard anything until you've heard "Play That Funky Music" on the accordion.
  17. Whatever It Takes is DOA -- dated on arrival.
  18. A thinly veiled "Cyrano," with the prom in mind.
  19. It's larded with blinding glimpse-of-the-obvious homilies.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Didn't work this time, David. Maybe next season.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    10
    Makes little impression and is sure to leave few memories for a teen.
  22. It's still got some panache.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. AustinB.
    Jan 16, 2006
    9
    good original prom comedy if that's what you're looking for.