Whatever Works

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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 100
  2. Negative: 24 out of 100

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  1. Apr 7, 2016
    1
    Whatever Works?

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  2. Cat
    Jul 3, 2009
    3
    Stale retread of previous films, the humor and the characters feel dated. The only surprising thing was listening to such banal dialog issuing from the mouth of Larry David, who I associate with much sharper and fresher observations.
  3. JasonP.
    Jul 13, 2009
    1
    Perhaps the worst Woody Allen movie ever. Plot points make no sense: Larry David takes in a homeless girl for no conceivable reason; another man falls and stays deeply in love with her without cause; a woman falls in love with David's character because he falls on her while trying to commit suicide . Southerners are caricatures not characters. And it is unfunny throughout. Even the Perhaps the worst Woody Allen movie ever. Plot points make no sense: Larry David takes in a homeless girl for no conceivable reason; another man falls and stays deeply in love with her without cause; a woman falls in love with David's character because he falls on her while trying to commit suicide . Southerners are caricatures not characters. And it is unfunny throughout. Even the philosophy and physics he references is more or less out of date. As a number of reviewers mention, _Whatever Works_ is a return to his roots, but this has more to do with Allen's being out of ideas then it is about him updating his classics. Expand
  4. AlanS
    Oct 22, 2009
    1
    After the highs of Vicky Christina Barcelona, this was a massive disappointment and possibly the worst Woody Allen movie I've seen. Ludicrous premise, stale and cynical narrative, lack of laughs and genuinely poor acting. Genuinely dreadful. Avoid.
  5. SoonY
    Aug 25, 2009
    1
    Extremely poor self-indulgent film. There is no "philosophy" - it's just justification as to why an old man (Woody) can use the life of a naive, lost youngster (Soon Yi) and then rationalize the bad, selfish, hedonistic behavior. The critics were dead on accurate. This film should just be titled "the whole world is an orgy of infidelity, just relax and enjoy." The on stage move to Extremely poor self-indulgent film. There is no "philosophy" - it's just justification as to why an old man (Woody) can use the life of a naive, lost youngster (Soon Yi) and then rationalize the bad, selfish, hedonistic behavior. The critics were dead on accurate. This film should just be titled "the whole world is an orgy of infidelity, just relax and enjoy." The on stage move to camera was ridiculous and doesn't work. The story is absurdly predictable. I give it a 1 for the fact that it had a few funny lines but that is it. People are dumber than a bag of bricks and if Larry David is in it and it has a few lines, then it's "genius." I got it. Go rent a porno and you'll be more satisfied than this tripe. Expand
  6. CharlieG
    Nov 1, 2009
    0
    Finally a movie that has made Cube look like quality entertainment. Perhaps like me you saw the previews and thought, hey, what a witty film! Don't worry, you just saw the only four funny lines in the film. Whatever Works should have been advertised as lite porn for octogenarians, and even they might get turned off by the incessant yammering spewed from Bore_us that passes Finally a movie that has made Cube look like quality entertainment. Perhaps like me you saw the previews and thought, hey, what a witty film! Don't worry, you just saw the only four funny lines in the film. Whatever Works should have been advertised as lite porn for octogenarians, and even they might get turned off by the incessant yammering spewed from Bore_us that passes for...intellectual charm? There's only so much poorly phrased "quantum mechanics" based put-downs a person can tolerate from a liberal arts major. Perhaps Melody isn't the only one who could stand to benefit from some college courses. But don't misunderstand, it's not just bad wording this film suffers from. Nor is it the fact that the main character is an opportunistic pedophile, or that all of the women are just waiting to get it on with multiple men (and I use that term loosely as there is only one hot man in the entire film). It's the complete flaunting of religion, life purpose, and basic human decency responsibility. Instead of fathers being fathers you get sex crazed closet homosexuals; instead of mothers being mothers you get promiscuous pimps that are OK with their daughters being whores to older men but really would prefer shallower jerks with nicer exteriors. And instead of younger women being intelligent, responsible, or even mildly desirous of having children you get brainless ditzes who are not just OK with having sex, but have no other life meaning. This movie makes me want to join the American Riffle Association in case there are any zealous fans infesting my neighborhood. I'd be happy to help Woody achieve better results with these failed suicide attempts I hear he's struggling with. Expand
  7. DanC
    Nov 2, 2009
    0
    Wow. i left this feeling not only cheated but depressed. allen, through the medium of an off-time, awkward larry david, throws at us about 200 reasons why we should be unhappy, panicked, depressed and worried. does allen really take us for such fools that he thinks he's the only one who can see 'the big picture' (a phrase used ad nauseam) and that we are all outside of his Wow. i left this feeling not only cheated but depressed. allen, through the medium of an off-time, awkward larry david, throws at us about 200 reasons why we should be unhappy, panicked, depressed and worried. does allen really take us for such fools that he thinks he's the only one who can see 'the big picture' (a phrase used ad nauseam) and that we are all outside of his apartment window hopelessly banging heads with each other, clueless to the whats going beyond our own noses? god, its unspeakably self-righteous and bitter. the most self-righteous movie ever made possibly. Expand
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. It's hard to get past the primitiveness of Allen’s fantasies.
  2. 50
    It isn't the laugh riot of the year.
  3. Features enough genuine laughs to give it decent commercial traction.