The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Goes a long way in bringing sexy back to a soggy genre, benefiting greatly from the presence of its likable leads.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
That it works like a charm - that it mostly keeps its manic energy in check, and that it plays to chick-flick formulas without ever groveling - is due almost entirely to the leads.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The takeaway on Friends With Benefits is that mores change, styles change, the rules change, and even humor changes. (There are two jokes involving apps, of all things, that are pretty funny.) But people's emotional needs remain the same from era to era.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I'm not exactly sure this is a situation that a lot of people are going to identify with. More to the point, it gives the movie a faulty design. Dylan and Jamie sleep together and get along famously. Where's the dramatic motor?
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Instead of gleaning something from real life, the great minds behind Friends With Benefits slapped their ideas together based on screwball classics, "Sleepless in Seattle" bits, and a keen analysis of Hollywood hackery.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
When it's good, Friends With Benefits is quite good - especially as it skewers rom-com clichés.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's cute and funny and sweet, which - as any woman can attest - puts it way ahead of most Friday night options.
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By Ian Buckwalter
Watching these two actors move from being sweetly flirtatious to doing real emotional battle may not entirely compensate for the movie's other failings, but it goes a long way toward making amends.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Their banter is fun at the start until it becomes relentless.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Every actor in Friends with Benefits, including the nearly indestructible Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins, stalls out in the process of pedaling desperately to make this substandard material work.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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