'No Strings Attached' Critic Reviews

66%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
49%
Rotten Tomatoes:   165 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    A hedging, conservative romantic comedy directed with generational bafflement by Ghostbusters' Ivan Reitman.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    [A] dislikable, distasteful, indifferently acted romantic comedy...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    You don't need a PhD in romcomology from the University of Predictable Nonsense, formerly Predictable Nonsense Polytechnic, to guess what happens next.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    There are humorous moments, and it's a bit less bland than its contemporaries.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    It doesn't hurt that Portman and Kutcher really are sexy together.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    At times, No Strings Attached feels almost shockingly attuned to the particular angst of its time and place.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    It's a smart, sexy romcom that turns the neat trick of staying sweetly human.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    30
    ...as Natalie Portman Talks Dirty movies go, the winner and still champion is 2004's Closer.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (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 » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The charismatic leads keep this watchable, but it's a waste of their talents.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Kutcher and Portman have terrific screen physics, using their 12-inch height difference to considerable slapstick effect.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Portman proves game for just about anything here, the raunchier the funnier.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie quickly sinks into a terminal case of the cutes and extreme predictability - amid the usual surfeit of wacky supporting characters.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a movie benefiting from another sparkling, sexy and emotionally available performance by Natalie Portman, some clever turns in situations and witty banter that isn't shy about crossing over into "Hangover" level raunchy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Kate Taylor Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 4 years ago