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Friends With Benefits (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 116 | Rotten: 49

Friends with Benefits adds nothing new to its well-worn rom-com formula, but the chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is almost enough to carry the movie by itself.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 15

Friends with Benefits adds nothing new to its well-worn rom-com formula, but the chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is almost enough to carry the movie by itself.

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Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) think it's going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover however that getting physical really does always lead to complications. -- (C) Sony

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Harley Peyton, Keith Merryman, David A. Newman

Dec 2, 2011

$55.8M

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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (49) | DVD (5)

Anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy before knows where this one is going.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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The chemistry between Kunis and her co-star Justin Timberlake is electric.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's one of those rare made-in-Hollywood couplings that transcends the ordinary stuff of movies, like plot and sense and credibility.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
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Fast-paced and fabulously fake, Friends With Benefits is the Red Bull of romantic comedies, unapologetically delivering a hyperactive, synthetic buzz.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (2)
New York Magazine
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Kunis and Timberlake achieve the trickier feat of looking just as happy hanging out as they do sucking face, and when the clichés inevitably come rolling in, they feel earned rather than like a cop-out.

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Friends with Benefits is fast, allusive, urban, glamorous -- clearly the Zeitgeist winner of the summer.

July 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (3)
New Yorker
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An abominable beast of a film.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

A smart romantic comedy that both mocks and features romantic clichés.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It doesn't help, either, that both Timberlake and Kunis are charming yet utterly bland in their respective roles...

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Yeah, we all know the formula. But when it works and the chemistry is just right, we love seeing exactly what we expect and hope for.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Kunis and Timberlake are pitch perfect in Friends With Benefits, a predictable, yet extremely accessible tale of love, sex and complications.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This is just another forgettable by-the-numbers romantic-comedy that ends up going nowhere unexpected.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Timberlake and Kunis are fearless, funny, and just incredibly likable.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The inherent likability of the two leads alone elevates this above the average comedy. Their willingness-especially Timberlake's-to appear foolish doesn't hurt either.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

If it displayed more courage, this could have been a fascinating modern American movie. Instead it's a smart but still rather ordinary comedy that is entertaining but not ground-breaking.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

If you've ever wondered why romantic comedy is in such a sorry state, watch these two appealing actors go through every false note in the book in a movie so disingenuous that the neither premise, the climax, nor the resolution ever feels remotely real.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Comments (2)
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full review at Movies for the Masses

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Friends with Benefits may not want to admit it, but making a successful rom-com would seem to be harder than it looks.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Sadly, the gags and the spicy dialogue aren't funny enough to make this work and it's only when Timberlake and Kunis start letting their characters' respective guards down that the film becomes more involving.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It's smart, sexy and moderately amusing.

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Gluck has given us a story with a really smart and sassy burst of contemporary relationship strife that stealthily draws you into the Timberland-Kunis magnetism.

September 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Real.com | Comment (1)

Good clean fun.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Sun Online | Comments (2)
Sun Online

At the start, the film is clever enough to send up the whole rom-com formula with Dylan and Jamie neatly mocking the genre's conventions as they watch a video of Sleepless In Seattle.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Friends With Benefits almost gets away with the double standards because Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are such an attractive pairing.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

These smart actors are deconstructing their own glamour and seem far more scrumptious as a result.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Friends With Benefits

Although it is obvious where this film is going from the first scene they have together, it has its funnier moments. I think Woody Harrelson was the best of the supporting actors in his role as the gay sports writer.
September 22, 2013
Redlats

Super Reviewer

Funny rom com. Two different people get dumped and they make a deal to become friends with benefits. But the inevitable happens they get emotionally closer. Justin and Mila are hot. They make a cute couple.
August 4, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

This movie tries to make 1000 jokes and about 10 or 15 of them land. It also complains about rom-coms yet follows the exact formula for one. Will Gluck tries to play that "self-aware" card to distinguish his movies, but it is pretty easy to see right through it. Their are a handful of laughs, but overall it is pretty normal.
May 29, 2012
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Perfectly decent rom-com. The leads were appealing and Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins always bring it.
May 28, 2012
Julie

Super Reviewer

    1. Dylan: [lying under Jamie, totally naked] Do you like this position?
    2. Jamie: [up in Dylan's body, naked] Yeah it's all right.
    3. Dylan: Honestly I feel emasculated.
    – Submitted by Nguyen L (18 months ago)
    1. Tommy: Tommy: But the offers keep rolling in, naturally. Look at me! And hey, I love women. They're beautiful, majestic, mysterious, mesmerizing creatures. Smart, empathetic, far superior to men in every way. And if I had a choice, I would be with women to my dying day. But me likes cock, so I'm strickily-dickily.
    – Submitted by joey v (22 months ago)
    1. Dylan: You can't deny that going to Hogwarts wouldn't be life changing.
    – Submitted by Amir V (2 years ago)
    1. Jamie: You really going to talk to her around all these people.
    2. Dylan: I'm just going to talk to her. I'm not gonna rape her.
    – Submitted by Aaron E (2 years ago)
    1. Tommy: A work ethic. I love it! That is why this country is still number one. Well, behind Germany and France and Belgium and Japan and China. Thank God for Bangladesh!
    – Submitted by xniquet L (2 years ago)
    1. Dylan: Why do women think the only way to get men to do what they want is to manipulate them?
    2. Jamie: History, personal experience, romantic comedies.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
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