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  • Summary: Woody Allen returns to New York with an offbeat comedy about a crotchety misanthrope and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south. When her uptight parents, arrive to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into wildly unexpected romantic entanglements. Everyone discovers that finding love is just a combination of lucky chance and appreciating the value of Whatever Works. (Sony Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    No kidding: this is the feel-good movie of the year and a cinematic soul massage.
  2. 75
    At one and the same time it feels like a decent-but-not-great film of his '70s period and a perky and tart entry in his modestly successful revival in the last half-decade. Neat trick.
  3. Easily one of the loosest, most satisfying comedies to hail from the prolific writer/director in a while.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    This far-fetched, deliberately artificial game of musical chairs -- in which mismatched characters encircle, attract and repel each other -- feels forced, often losing itself in excess verbiage.
  5. As Whatever Works creaks along, the attention-getting nastiness of the first half dissipates and it turns into just another Woody Allen overacted sex farce. Of all the insults hurled about in the film, perhaps the worst is its pandering conclusion. What exactly does Allen take his audience for? A bunch of mindless zombies?
  6. 0
    This toxic, contemptuous, unforgivably unfunny bagatelle finds Allen at his most misanthropically one-note.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Dec 27, 2010
    I'm a huge Woody Allen fan and I think this is the best film he's done since his 80's heydays. Larry David is brilliant and I was laughing right from the start and kept laughing throughout. Some people were turned off by the pessimism and sarcasm of the Larry David character, but I thought he was hilarious. Even the other characters in the film ignored him and didn't take him seriously. I liked it even better than Vicki Christina Barcelona or Point Blank - the other two great recent Woody films. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2012
    I am not sure why this website continually knocks intelligent films but this was actually highly funny. Larry David is always on top form and Woody Allen produced yet another hilarious and witty film. Evan Rachel Woods was completely different to normal too, I didn't even recognise her! Expand

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