Two lovers (Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis) try to keep their relationship strictly physical.
" 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. "
" "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. "
" A witty rom-com for the smart-phone generation. "
" It's one of those rare made-in-Hollywood couplings that transcends the ordinary stuff of movies, like plot and sense and credibility. "
" 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. "
" A savvy, satirical date movie that holds the conventions of romantic comedy up to self-aware spoofing while still delivering the goods. "
" It succeeds, thanks to comedic chemistry between the two leads and nimble direction by Will Gluck. "
" Anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy before knows where this one is going. "
" The best romantic comedy of the year. "
" 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. "
" "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. "
" The chemistry between Kunis and her co-star Justin Timberlake is electric. "
" Will Gluck's bright screwball farce has witty dialogue that sparkles, at least by debased 21st-century standards. "
" Kunis and Timberlake achieve the trickier feat of looking just as happy hanging out as they do sucking face, and when the cliches inevitably come rolling in, they feel earned rather than like a cop-out. "
" Friends with Benefits is fast, allusive, urban, glamorous -- clearly the Zeitgeist winner of the summer. "
" 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. "
" Directed with quick-witted ease by Will Gluck, the [film is a] frank, frisky, even touching romantic comedy. "
" Fast-paced and fabulously fake, Friends With Benefits is the Red Bull of romantic comedies, unapologetically delivering a hyperactive, synthetic buzz. "
" It's gross and kind of embarrassing. For everyone. "
" 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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