CBS Films What If

Last updated date: July 29, 2019

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6.7

CBS Films What If

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In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the CBS Films CBS Films What If placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfrien..

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

5.9
5 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
921 user reviews

What experts liked

Surprisingly enough, “What If” used to be called "The F Word." No, not that F word. F as in “friends.”
- Roger Ebert
August 8, 2014 | Full review
What If doesn’t break new ground. But it has charm to spare, and Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible. No ifs about it.
- Rolling Stone
August 7, 2014 | Full review
Roughly three parts charming to one part cloying, “What If” attempts and largely succeeds at pulling off a smart, self-aware riff on romantic-comedy conventions while maintaining a core of earnest feeling.
- Variety
September 11, 2013 | Full review
What If has a genuine core of sweetness revolving around a universal experience nearly everyone can relate to: coping with the heart-wrenching conundrum of falling for someone who, for whatever reason, isn't available.
- Plugged In
The themes and ideas that the film addresses are important, especially in a world where the lines between different kinds of relationships grow thinner and thinner, and where they do not, they snake ad curve in ways we don’t understand
- AD's Film Reviews

What experts didn't like

I have another problem with "What If." Namely, being subjected to Harry Potter’s naked butt during a crucial night-time skinny-dipping excursion shared by him and Kazan.
- Roger Ebert
August 8, 2014 | Full review
A few scenes involving Wallace’s sister (Jemima Rooper) and some sort of disgusting peanut-butter-jelly-and-bacon snack feel sufficiently shoehorned in that they could have been dropped entirely, to the benefit of the film’s somewhat puffy 102-minute running time
- Variety
September 11, 2013 | Full review
There are moments in the film that are downright criminal in the way they blatantly don’t give a damn if what they’re writing comes across as on the nose, or just bad. There are honestly moments of dialogue and plot central moments that just don’t make any sense from a writer’s perspective, and that took a lot from the overall impact of the film for me.
- AD's Film Reviews

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