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No Strings Attached (2011)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 19

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.



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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 -


Television, Romance, Comedy

Elizabeth Meriwether

May 10, 2011


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January 24, 2011:
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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).

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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At least Portman is playing someone who is recognizably human, unlike her dancer in Black Swan.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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The charismatic leads keep this watchable, but it's a waste of their talents.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

January 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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One of the better romantic comedies in the last couple of years.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (7)
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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.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

August 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

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

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

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: 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...

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

A romantic comedy that looks smutty but is actually slushy.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

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

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source:

Calculated mix of raunch and adorability

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: 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.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Triple J | Comment (1)
Triple J

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

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Platform

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

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

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

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Often just cringe-worthy.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

Audience Reviews for No Strings Attached

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.
October 24, 2013

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."
October 16, 2012
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.
January 21, 2012
Sanjay Rema

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    1. Emma: I'm going to start peeing with the door open, its going to get weird.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 months ago)
    1. Emma: You give me premature ventricular contractions.
    2. Adam: I'm assuming that's a good thing?
    3. Emma: You make my heart skip a beat.
    – Submitted by Nandu J (2 years ago)
    1. Eli: I can't focus on my porn with all this real sex going on around me!
    – Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
    1. Shira: We're sluts, Emma! We're dirty dirty sluts!
    – Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
    1. Adam: What are you gonna do? You're're never gonna feel anything? How are you gonna do that?
    2. Emma: I don't know. I'll figure it out.
    3. Adam: You're so messed up.
    4. 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)
    1. 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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