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What If

Drama . Comedy . Romance

Wallace, a medical school dropout, has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan, seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her long term boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. But there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder: what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

Actors: Daniel Radcliffe , Zoe Kazan , Rafe Spall , Megan Park , Adam Driver , Jemima Rooper , Meghan Heffern , Jordan Hayes , Mackenzie Davis , Vanessa Matsui
Directors: Michael Dowse
Release: 2014-08-15
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  • Stephanie Zacharek

    In the highly imperfect world of contemporary romantic comedies, What If is as close to perfect as anything we've got, not least for the way it captures the abject hopefulness of young people who'd like to be in love but don't know how to go about it.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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 Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    In the end, What If belongs to Zoe Kazan. And both she and it are wonderful.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    What If could be the breakthrough film that underappreciated Canadian director Michael Dowse (“Goon” and “It’s All Gone Pete Tong”) has been waiting for, and at any rate it’s a sparkling screwball highball, perfect for a late-summer weekend. Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    Director Michael Dowse (from the underrated Topher Grace comedy "Take Me Home Tonight") fuels the story with atmosphere, with lots of nighttime activity and bustle. He keeps things grounded in reality, though little touches (Chantry imagines her drawings coming to life) add an extra — and, perhaps, excessive — sweetness.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Perhaps the best thing about What If, the new romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (“Goon”), is that for all of its banter and batted eyes, from its awkward introductions to its inevitable climactic declarations of love, everyone in it feels like a real human being.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    What If boasts a couple of near-classic comic moments, one involving jalapeno peppers and a precipitous fall.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    While the outcome is pretty predictable and borderline formulaic, this is a well-paced romantic comedy that works due to its engaging cast — with special kudos going out to Radcliffe and Kazan, but also Driver, who delivers perfectly as the fast-talking, libido-driven hunkster.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Fortunately, What If rights itself well before the finish and finds its way back to the truth and the light.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Kazan, as she proved in “Ruby Sparks,” has a whimsical, quirky girl-next-door appeal. Radcliffe, wearing post-Harry Potter stubble and delivering toothy, jaw-jutting grins, makes it easy for us to believe he cannot get her out of his head.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    The F Word would be commendable on the strength of its unusual wit and warmth alone, but it becomes a far more satisfying (even somewhat illuminating) experience because it doesn’t shy away from the often ugly psychology engendered by cross-gendered friendships. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    At a time when the once-dominant romantic comedy is an endangered species, What If proves the formulas can still work, under the right circumstances, and without really needing to tweak the recipe much.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Hitting all the rom-com notes with wit and some charm, it'll be a crowd-pleaser.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Roughly three parts charming to one part cloying, The F Word attempts and largely succeeds at pulling off a smart, self-aware riff on romantic-comedy conventions while maintaining a core of earnest feeling.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Tries to pretend that its premise isn't timeworn, and thanks to charming lead performances, it almost succeeds. But not quite.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Radcliffe and Kazan have a nice nerds-in-clover rapport. If only the movie wasn’t so satisfied with how cute it is.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    There’s the requisite cutesiness: magnetic poetry, unnecessary animated sequences, multiple discussions of Elvis’ eating habits, a screening of The Princess Bride. (Perhaps "When Harry Met Sally" would have been too obvious.)

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Always thoroughly pleasant, and that's entirely due to the cast, who all turn in breezy performances.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    It tries to have some bite to its will-they-or-won't-they scenario but ultimately winds up toothless.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The result, while capable of painlessly occupying 90 minutes, isn't remarkable enough to recommend as more than a home video rental.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Everything about the romantic comedy What If is cute. Utterly cute. Undeniably cute. Uber–duber cute. Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Nothing to line up for or write home about, but it’s a pleasant time-passer, not a regrettable time-waster.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    If you can suspend your incredulity for a moment, What If has its bright moments. And that’s thanks in large part to its leads, who manage to do what Radcliffe has always done well: conjure up a little magic.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Occasional animated inserts inspired by Chantry’s work as an illustrator, while accomplished, inject an off-note of whimsy that doesn’t quite square with the script’s stabs at edgier humor.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    There was, however, another question the screenwriter should have asked: Why does the script focus on the wrong couple?

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Ultimately, the movie's energy rises and falls on the presence of Adam Driver as Wallace's libido-on-legs friend, who can make you believe sex can solve anything. Except this movie.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Although What If nobly attempts to honor and embellish the tropes of the genre rather than reinvent them, the filmmakers get tripped up on their own good intentions and uncertain comedic instincts.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie has a problem, too: Spall is likable, Kazan is adorable, Driver is amusing enough as the blowhard best friend, and Radcliffe as Wallace is . . . a passive-aggressive lump.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    What If brings up the distinctions among wit, jokes and robotic banter, and this new romantic comedy has a bit of the first and a few of the second, but it's largely a case of the third.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    No one ever stops talking. Twenty-somethings talk incessant small talk, or cute talk, or fatuous talk that's supposed to be clever.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    A balloon of cuteness that makes you yearn for a pin, What If is Saturday night comfort food for those who need to believe that even the most curdled among us can find a mate.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Anyone looking for a date-night flick will be inclined to fall for Michael Dowse’s aggressively adorable What If. Just be warned: The single-minded determination to win you over may wind up pushing you away.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    It's pulled this way and that by a hiddly-fiddly soundtrack, spun senseless by scene after scene of Radcliffe and Kazan trading flirtatious banter.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Nick McCarthy

    Right up to its simplistic ending, the film is pleased to regurgitate the contrived tropes of the genre without ever honestly addressing the ethics of romantic boundaries.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    An unctuous rom-com that runs its characters through every plastic cliché of a pre-Oscar McConaughey vehicle, ultimately causing us to root against the vacuous couple and their predetermined happy ending.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    What If is a case of the cutes the way the Black Death was a case of infectious disease. The movie is saturated with cute, teeming with cute, rancid with cute. I’d endured all a man could fairly be expected to take when I glanced at my watch and realized there were still 95 minutes to go.

    New York Post Full Review
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