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Friends With Benefits Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy before knows where this one is going.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 7, 2011
The chemistry between Kunis and her co-star Justin Timberlake is electric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
August 2, 2011
It's one of those rare made-in-Hollywood couplings that transcends the ordinary stuff of movies, like plot and sense and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 2, 2011
Fast-paced and fabulously fake, Friends With Benefits is the Red Bull of romantic comedies, unapologetically delivering a hyperactive, synthetic buzz.
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
August 2, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 25, 2011
Friends with Benefits is fast, allusive, urban, glamorous -- clearly the Zeitgeist winner of the summer.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 23, 2011
"Friends With Benefits" is often uproariously and profanely funny, and anchored in high-spirited performances from its central duo, who are well matched as comic foils if oddly lacking in erotic electricity.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 22, 2011
The best romantic comedy of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 22, 2011
Friends With Benefits is a dumb, by-the-numbers romantic comedy. Yet I kept finding small things to enjoy in it, mainly because of the two hard-to-hate leads.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 22, 2011
It succeeds, thanks to comedic chemistry between the two leads and nimble direction by Will Gluck.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 22, 2011
Directed with quick-witted ease by Will Gluck, the [film is a] frank, frisky, even touching romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anita Li
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2011
A witty rom-com for the smart-phone generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 22, 2011
The jokes don't all work and the topical references can be irritably hipper-than-thou, but at least director and cowriter Will Gluck aims high: this is patterned on the Tracy and Hepburn comedies, albeit with a lot more skin.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 22, 2011
Timberlake and Kunis try hard to keep this charm machine purring, and they do indeed have traces of chemistry... But their chemistry is at the service of a science project we've all seen before.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
July 22, 2011
It is elevated by energetic dialogue, the sexual chemistry between the leads and the fact that the miscommunication that keeps bliss at bay - there's always one in a rom-com, and usually it is annoyingly unbelievable - is plausible.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 22, 2011
It's gross and kind of embarrassing. For everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 22, 2011
"Friends With Benefits" isn't nearly as original as it pretends to be. But it's cute and funny and sweet, which -- as any woman can attest -- puts it way ahead of most Friday night options.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 21, 2011
A savvy, satirical date movie that holds the conventions of romantic comedy up to self-aware spoofing while still delivering the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 21, 2011
If "Friends With Benefits" ultimately succumbs to the very sins it so cleverly deconstructs, it still commits those infractions with a welcome degree of wit and, when it slows down enough, spirited flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 21, 2011
Will Gluck's bright screwball farce has witty dialogue that sparkles, at least by debased 21st-century standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 21, 2011
Timberlake and Kunis definitely bring sexy back to a tired formula. If only the movie had been worthy of their expertly playful pairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
July 21, 2011
Though it aims to upend the increasingly defunct romantic-comedy genre, Friends With Benefits quickly falls prey to the same clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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July 21, 2011
Kunis and Timberlake are winningly comfortable with one another, even if the movie isn't always comfortable with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 21, 2011
This film's harshness and starkness will strike some people as vulgar, but if you reject it on that basis you might as well just reject the times you're living in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
July 21, 2011
It's just sad that a movie suggesting an honest and zesty approach to sex and relationships builds to such a conventional ending...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2011
Even with all their huffing and puffing, this very salty, often funny affair is never quite as satisfying as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 21, 2011
Makes for a fairly giggling good time.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 21, 2011
Kunis's easy authority grounds the movie, while Timberlake tapdances delightfully around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2011
He's "emotionally unavailable." She's "emotionally damaged." The movie: emotionally fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2011
In an age of connect-the-dots screenwriting, the sheer verbosity of Friends With Benefits is a form of generosity, and Gluck has the ideal cast to spew it out.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 21, 2011
Despite a pair of livewires in the leads, Friends With Benefits is just not enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 21, 2011
One of the strengths of Friends with Benefits is that Timberlake and Kunis are likeable and display enough chemistry to keep us interested in their inevitable pairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 21, 2011
What's most crushing is witnessing what should have been the dream pairing of Kunis and Timberlake -- both foxy, loose, confident performers -- here generating zero chemistry.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 21, 2011
The fun is in enjoying the two leads, both strikingly good, and the extra (if sometimes misplaced) textures provided by a strong supporting cast including Richard Jenkins, Patricia Clarkson and Jenna Elfman.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 21, 2011
Kunis and Timberlake have the rapid-fire patter of Hepburn and Tracy, if Hepburn and Tracy had conversations about Olympic snowboarder Shaun White's pubic hair.
| Original Score: c+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 21, 2011
I enjoy both Timberlake and Kunis; just this side of manic, they seem right together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 21, 2011
As a predictable romantic fantasy, "Friends with Benefits" profits from two lively and likable stars who maintain our interest. But as the sexual satire in which we invested, there's no payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 21, 2011
Gluck is clearly whip smart and he likes his films that way. This all to the good, but much of "Friends with Benefits" comes off as too showy in its cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 21, 2011
"Friends With Benefits" follows rom-com formulas as if directed on autopilot, but that's not to say it isn't fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 21, 2011
It evaporates from memory, just like a one-night stand that didn't go nearly as well as you'd hoped.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 20, 2011
Whenever the film gets away from Timberlake and Kunis' flirty banter, it feels like an unfortunate distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 20, 2011
Ironically, what "Friends With Benefits" shares most with "No Strings Attached" is that you can see everything coming, with no surprises. Where's the fun in that?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 18, 2011
The script exhausts its originality awfully quickly, with subsequent hookups recycling jokes from other movies.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 18, 2011
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis make for engaging leads in this unexpectedly fresh R-rated comedy.