Hollywood Reporter - 04/23/2009
"Much of the film's humor revolves around outrageous character transformations....[The film does] serve as an excellent vehicle for both Wood, utterly charming here, and Clarkson, displaying her considerable comic talents."
A.V. Club - 06/18/2009
"WHATEVER WORKS gives effective voice to Allen's jaundiced philosophy of life..."
Rolling Stone - 06/25/2009
"Wood is totally beguiling in the role, absorbing Boris' cynicism but still charming him into marriage."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/24/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "Larry David is the mind of the enterprise, and Evan Rachel Wood is the heart. David is a verbal virtuoso, playing the 'Woody Allen role' but with his personal shtick."
The New York-based humor of Woody Allen and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIAM's Larry David seems like a natural match, and the pair unite for the first time in this comedy. WHATEVER WORKS follows a rich man (David), who decides that he should be living a different, less-status based life. Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., and Michael McKean star in this film that marks Allen's cinematic return to New York City.
Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris (Larry David) and a na´ve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody (Evan Rachel Wood). When Melody's uptight parents arrive in New York 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."