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Cath Clarke
Time Out
February 23, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 28, 2011
At least Portman is playing someone who is recognizably human, unlike her dancer in Black Swan.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 28, 2011
The charismatic leads keep this watchable, but it's a waste of their talents.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 24, 2011
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.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 21, 2011
One of the better romantic comedies in the last couple of years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 21, 2011
The shaggy fringes of the flick get most of the laughs -- for one, it's absurdly obsessed with '90s hip-hop
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
January 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 21, 2011
It's not that the leads aren't affable. They are. It's not that they aren't nice to look at. They are. (Although the cinematography makes them look sort of blotchy.) It's just hard to care if they hook up after they, well, hook up.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 21, 2011
The picture is no great shakes as cinema, and a shade too cute for its own good. Still, it's a mild shock to see a competent film released in the January trough.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 21, 2011
No matter how sweet and good-looking and likeable they may be, the bottom line remains: You know what's going to happen from the very beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 21, 2011
"No Strings Attached" is the first fun date movie of the year. The first fun movie, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 21, 2011
The movie quickly sinks into a terminal case of the cutes and extreme predictability - amid the usual surfeit of wacky supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 20, 2011
There are humorous moments, and it's a bit less bland than its contemporaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2011
Sadly, an obsession with raunchy one-liners trips everything up, turning a clever conceit into something closer to a sleazy, cheesy affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2011
It takes a gimmicky premise, about two people who try to have a purely sexual relationship, and then fulfills it without distorting or bending the characters around a formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 20, 2011
You can see where No Strings Attached is heading before it gets there, but it's still a pleasant enough and surprisingly romantic ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 20, 2011
After the heavy dramatic lifting of Black Swan, you can't fault Oscar favorite Natalie Portman for signing up for some romcom R&R. It's too bad she couldn't have landed a less generic vehicle than No Strings Attached.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
January 20, 2011
What elevates No Strings Attached above the average (usually awful) romantic comedy is a decent script, the sure hand of veteran director Ivan Reitman and the likeable performances of stars Portman and Kutcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2011
It's a smart, sexy romcom that turns the neat trick of staying sweetly human.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 20, 2011
Portman will get past this speed bump with well-earned swiftness. The affable Kutcher, however, seems stuck in a cycle of depressingly empty comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 20, 2011
Much of Elizabeth Meriweather's dialogue is snappy, and "No Strings Attached" - though overlong - is mostly painless.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2011
Kutcher and Portman have terrific screen physics, using their 12-inch height difference to considerable slapstick effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 20, 2011
It doesn't hurt that Portman and Kutcher really are sexy together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 20, 2011
Rom-com writers of America, you're going to have to step up your game.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 20, 2011
No Strings Attached isn't a bad piece of formulaic product. Until its endless final act, Elizabeth Meriwether's script and Ivan Reitman's old-hand direction keep the scenes moving briskly...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 20, 2011
It is hard to escape the feeling that Mr. Reitman shot six or seven movies and then went into the editing room blindfolded to splice them all together.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 20, 2011
About the best thing that can be said for the film is that Portman and Kutcher have just enough chemistry to make its premise work.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 20, 2011
Meriwether packs the movie with enjoyably odd supporting characters and amusing gags, and Reitman knows what to do with those.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 20, 2011
A hedging, conservative romantic comedy directed with generational bafflement by Ghostbusters' Ivan Reitman.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 20, 2011
A more interesting actor could make do with those, but Kutcher just doesn't seem to fill up a leading role, especially when acting opposite the nuanced likes of Portman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 20, 2011
...as Natalie Portman Talks Dirty movies go, the winner and still champion is 2004's Closer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 20, 2011
For the romantic comedy audience - those who attend movies of this genre out of a genuine love for this sort of thing - No Strings Attached delivers what it promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 20, 2011
Even though No Strings Attached is the sort of movie in which you know exactly how things will turn out five minutes into the story, it makes the predictable journey surprisingly fun and enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2011
Here is a titillating sex romp in 2011, when the very words titillating and romp have outlasted their shelf lives. The movie is rated R, but it's the most watery R I've seen. It's more of a PG-13 playing dress-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
January 19, 2011
That these amorous proceedings adhere to genre conventions isn't nearly as problematic as the film's strained outrageousness and all-around sloppiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 19, 2011
Portman proves game for just about anything here, the raunchier the funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 19, 2011
Portman is herself partly to blame. Nobody with an upwardly mobile career who is suddenly being taken seriously should co-star in a movie with Ashton Kutcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 18, 2011
Letting the tension evolve naturally from the insecurities of relatable, well-developed figures would have been preferable, but once Kutcher's character goes all soft and gooey, the movie does too.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
January 18, 2011
At times, No Strings Attached feels almost shockingly attuned to the particular angst of its time and place.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 18, 2011
Predictable, cutesy and nowhere near hot-blooded enough for a story about two friends with benefits who can't keep their hands off one another.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 18, 2011
This genial if overlong romantic comedy bounces along on a steady stream of amusing moments, even as it presents the most polished and predictable version of a scenario that cries out for greater verbal and visual candor.