As Boris in “Whatever Works” (2009), it’s no surprise that Larry David comes off as a mix of his “Curb Your Enthusiasm” character (which is himself) and Woody Allen (who writes and directs, and would normally cast himself in the role). Boris is neurotic, and at one point he comments that “I love the way these pants fit,” but he generally has a more macro view of the world than the minutia-obsessed Larry.
“Anything Else” – The first moment Jerry (Jason Biggs) lays eyes on Amanda (Christina Ricci), we’re yelling at the screen for him to stay away. But if he did, there wouldn’t be a movie, and that would be a shame. Woody Allen’s latest succeeds both as an engaging “people standing around talking all day” movie and as an against-the-grain romantic comedy.
– John Hansen, Brainerd Dispatch, Dec. 31, 2003