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88
Chemistry is king. It's one reason the rom-com has long seemed like the toughest code for Hollywood to crack. But never underestimate the power of snappy, rapid-fire banter, the paving stones of the Hollywood road to romance.
88
The result isn't just the best new romantic comedy released so far this year, but one of the best comedies, period.
80
Goes a long way in bringing sexy back to a soggy genre, benefiting greatly from the presence of its likable leads.
75
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.
67
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?
63
When it's good, Friends With Benefits is quite good - especially as it skewers rom-com clichés.
63
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.
60
Even with all their huffing and puffing, this very salty, often funny affair is never quite as satisfying as it should be.
60
It's cute and funny and sweet, which - as any woman can attest - puts it way ahead of most Friday night options.
55
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.
50
Their banter is fun at the start until it becomes relentless.
45
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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