Review Roundup: Daniel Radcliffe Stars in New Romantic Comedy WHAT IF
Daniel Radcliffe stars in his very first romantic comedy in 'What If', hitting theaters today, August 8th, in select cities before opening nationwide next week.
Check out BWW's review of the film here, where columnist Matt Tamanini believes the film "...hits many of the familiar Rom-Com beats, without ever feeling like we've been there before."
Based on T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi's play 'Toothpaste and Cigars', the story centers around unlucky-in-love Wallace (Radcliffe), who develops feelings for Chantry (played by Zoe Kazan) after meeting at a party. But of course, there's a catch; she has a serious boyfriend of five years, and they're even living together.
After premiering at the 2013 Toronto Film festival, 'What If' enjoyed success at the Canadian Screen Awards; the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Radcliffe), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mackenzie Davis), and won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times: 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.
Stephen Whitty, Star Ledger: But even if the movie feels headed in a predictable direction, it's fun to follow it, and even if the characters sound a little interchangeable, it's still amusing to hear them speak. Maybe "What If" isn't quite worth a lifetime commitment. But it's worth hanging out with.
Ian Buckwalter, NPR: The film recognizes and sticks close to the comforting romantic comedy blueprint while remaining aware that the best romantic comedies have their own personalities.
Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly: ...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.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: 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. The result is a passable date movie that exhausts when it should enchant.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Gate: "What If" doesn't break any new ground in love stories, but something about it feels fresh all the same.
The Source: This is the rare romantic comedy that doesn't make you want to roll your eyes and have them get it over with already.
Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian: For an actor so firmly associated with a specific character, Radcliffe has finally shed the wizard's cloak and put on the casual garb of an unpretentious, leading romantic man. And it's a good fit.
Eric Kohn, Indie Wire: "All this love sh**'s complicated," Allan tells Wallace, establishing a challenge the movie capably sets up but doesn't make an effort to sort out.