Sparks fly when a brilliant misanthrope (Larry David) trades his privileged lifestyle for a more meager existence and meets a Southern gal and her family.
" The dialogue is forced and stagey, the actions as predictable as they are improbable and the insights little more than dusty cliches. "
" The result is a witty, well-played work without an adequate center. If you can get past that, Whatever Works does. "
" 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. "
" Woody's latest shrewdly upends the filmmaker's own comic pessimisms "
" We've seen this kind of May-December setup in many Allen movies, but this one follows a less predictable path and with more amusing secondary characters. "
" Coming off last year's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the freshest Allen film in more than a decade, Whatever Works plays like a hoary old Broadway stage comedy yanked, reluctantly, into the present. "
" Woody Allen had a nice winning streak going for him, and then he brought in his younger self to screw things up. "
" Whatever Works isn't topnotch Woody Allen, but it's still immensely funny. "
" It never registers as more than a writer's conceit. "
" This toxic, contemptuous, unforgivably unfunny bagatelle finds Allen at his most misanthropically one-note. "
" Whatever Works would have only worked if its director had written his trademark self-caricature out of it. "
" After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms. "
" For all its wobbles, Whatever Works is rooted in an agreeable sensibility: life favours fate over luck more than we'd like to think, so grab whatever chances of happiness come your way. "
" Allen and David do stuff in Whatever Works that shouldn't work but does. "
" All rather mellow and predictable. "
" Whatever Works isn't deep, but with Grandpa Woody, you accept the warmed over, the recycled, just relieved he hasn't made a spectacle of himself. "
" 30 years after he wrote and shelved this script, the conceptual creakiness of Whatever Works might have been redeemed only by the director in the starring role. "
" It's a movie that feels assembled from the leftovers Allen found in his fridge. "
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