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No Strings Attached (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 80
Rotten: 84

Critics Consensus: It benefits from the presence of Natalie Portman and director Ivan Reitman's steady hand, but No Strings Attached doesn't have the courage or conviction to follow through on its ribald premise.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: It benefits from the presence of Natalie Portman and director Ivan Reitman's steady hand, but No Strings Attached doesn't have the courage or conviction to follow through on its ribald premise.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 87,779

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Movie Info

In this comedy, Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly "no strings attached." "No strings" means no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public place they want, as long as they don't fall in love. The questions become - … More

Rating:
R (for sexual content, language and some drug material)
Genre:
Television , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Elizabeth Meriweather , Elizabeth Meriwether
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 10, 2011
Box Office:
$70.6M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for No Strings Attached

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (84) | DVD (1)

Portman can look smug in light-touch comedy, but her chemistry with Kutcher is believable (though to be fair, Kutcher is the golden retriever of male leads: blandly irresistable).

Full Review… | February 23, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

At least Portman is playing someone who is recognizably human, unlike her dancer in Black Swan.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The charismatic leads keep this watchable, but it's a waste of their talents.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No Strings Attached is so palpably calculated that you know if the camera had pulled back a foot from the bed in which Portman and Kutcher were pretending to have sex, you'd have seen their agents standing by beaming: proud parents, proud pimps.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

One of the better romantic comedies in the last couple of years.

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

A lot of sharp lines from screenwriter Elizabeth Meriwether and a strong supporting cast are often enough to make that premise pleasant if not exactly shocking.

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

While it's not without problems, No Strings Attached is a romantic comedy worth watching, and that's saying a lot. Every member of the cast lights up the screen with humor and charm and there are a lot of genuinely funny moments.

Full Review… | August 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Aside from its unromantic plot, "Attached" is over-sexed, overdone and overcome by a terrible script.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Benefits the most from a sexy, emotionally available/vulnerable turn by Natalie Portman. But the Kutcher guy isn't bad either.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Acting opposite Ashton Kutcher is the equivalent of dropping down a year in school for someone like Natalie Portman.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

Portman is a true comedienne on screen. Hopefully she'll add a few more performances like this one to her resume' in the near future.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
MediaMikes

This being a Hollywood romantic comedy, the outcome of the story-about a man and woman who agree to a sex-only relationship-is obvious from the get-go, so this film is all about the journey, not the destination...

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Leonard Maltin's Picks

A romantic comedy that looks smutty but is actually slushy.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
Movie Talk

Portman's fine, Kucher, not so much; No Strings Attached falters

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Movie Habit

While the ultimate conclusion is still the same as always, and Ashton Kutcher's flat delivery nearly ruins it, No Strings Attached is a thoughtful twist on the usual romantic-comedy.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011
IGN DVD

If you like looking at Natalie Portman, you may take a fancy to the movie. Otherwise, you might find it a bore.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Movie Metropolis

All Adam and Emma are doing is pretending to not be emotionally vulnerable and living out our fantasies without suffering any of the consequences. I call BS.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Calculated mix of raunch and adorability

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
CinePassion

The problem is that we know the 'friends with benefits' deal always leaves someone hurt; the joy would be in seeing how all this lust could believably turn into love.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

And although execution counts for a lot, there's no amount of skill on Earth that can help this turkey. The script is just too awful. Rent it one day if you're in the mood to find out exactly how not to write a sex comedy.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Quite the rarity for Hollywood romantic comedies, No Strings Attached is loaded with funny ideas. Portman creates a complex leading lady. It's a funny, sharp and wonderfully dirty

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
Triple J

The script has an annoying tendency to alternate between snappy one liners and tedious sex based ROLFs.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011

[A] dislikable, distasteful, indifferently acted romantic comedy...

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
Guardian

The picture is not completely unengaging, however, thanks to two likeable lead performances from Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
Daily Express

Often just cringe-worthy.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011

As Portman preps to take the Oscar this weekend for Black Swan, there are people still questioning if she can really act at all.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
This is London

Audience Reviews for No Strings Attached

½

A cute different take on the romantic comedy. Portman and Kutcher actually have a very good chemistry in the movie and the supporting cast is actually quite good. Despite going in with limited expectations this was a very enjoyable movie.

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jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

This plot has been around before - can a couple have regular sex without falling in love? At least in the movies, it is not possible. At least the rest of the plot around that basic plot was interesting.

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Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Two successful twentysomethings agree to have a "friends with benefits" relationship, but they predictably fall for each other.
I think the only things I liked about this film were the few charming moments and unique courtship ideas. Adam makes Emma a period mix featuring songs like "Bleeding Love." Instead of flowers he gives her carrots. It's cute. But that's the extent of what's good about this film. The characters are plastic, and there's nothing interesting about the story. With a long exposition and supporting characters with nothing unique about their support, the film is poorly structured: the first time Adam and Emma have sex is clearly ridden with emotion, and Natalie Portman's version of an emotionally unavailable woman is more emotionally available than many women I could consider soul mates.
Overall, this movie sucks, but I am considering making my next love interest a period mix, only I'd include The Hush Sound's "Wine Red."

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hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Predictable, unoriginal, and cliched. This movie is the perfect storm for a bad Rom-Com. It has a couple cheap laughs (one or two) and is cheesier than a bowl of Kraft. It's just another forgettable romantic-comedy.

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Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

No Strings Attached Quotes


Emma:
I'm going to start peeing with the door open, its going to get weird.
– Submitted by Evan T (3 months ago)
Emma:
You give me premature ventricular contractions.
Adam:
I'm assuming that's a good thing?
Emma:
You make my heart skip a beat.
– Submitted by Nandu J (2 years ago)
Eli:
I can't focus on my porn with all this real sex going on around me!
– Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
Shira:
We're sluts, Emma! We're dirty dirty sluts!
– Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
Adam:
What are you gonna do? You're just...you're never gonna feel anything? How are you gonna do that?
Emma:
I don't know. I'll figure it out.
Adam:
You're so messed up.
Emma:
Yeah? I don't need you to take care of me, I take care of myself. That's what I do.
– Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
Emma:
But, there is really no reason for you to bring a child into this world since you're acting like children already.
– Submitted by Ayu F (2 years ago)

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