British newspaper The Telegraph named No Strings Attached one of the ten worst films of 2011, saying “No Strings Attached is nominally a raunchy romantic comedy, but Natalie Portman betrays so little indication of enjoying herself you’d be forgiven for thinking we were watching deleted scenes from Black Swan.”
When Emma confesses that she can’t stop thinking about Adam, Katie insists that she call him to put things right. A nervous Emma phones Adam and tells him that she misses him. He responds that they were never really together. Realizing that she needs to speak with him in person, Emma leaves Santa Barbara where the wedding is taking place and drives to Adam’s house. Her plans are ruined � and she has to hide to avoid being seen-when he arrives home with Lucy. Emma assumes Adam has a new girlfriend and tearfully drives away. Adam goes in to visit Alvin who surprisingly gives him some tender advice about falling in love.
The film has grossed $70.7 million in the United States and Canada and $77.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $147.7 million .
The two do the dirty again at Adam’s house and before she leaves Adam agrees to her proposal for a casual relationship (as she puts it, using each other for the dirty and nothing else). Adam warns Emma about falling in love with him, but she dismisses the idea and sets ground rules to keep what they’re doing from becoming too serious. At first things go well, but Adam becomes jealous when Sam (Ben Lawson)—another resident—seeks her attention. Adam silverdaddies username brings Emma a gift (a mix CD) and she rebuffs him, saying they should stop for a while and hook up with other people. But after being apart for two weeks Emma returns to Adam and they continue being sex friends only.
Meeting Adam outside the hospital, Vanessa says that she is ending her relationship with Alvin and leaves for a party
Critic David Edelstein described No Strings Attached as a film with “a supposedly feminist veneer. (that) never makes the case for Emma’s point of view. It’s almost a feminist backlash movie, and it didn’t have to be. There are plenty of reasons for brilliant young women, especially with the stress of a medical career, to approach time- and emotion-consuming relationships warily.” He expressed disappointment on overuse of stock characters, as well as Reitman’s “heavy-handed” direction and a story that is ultimately “corny and contrived and conservative.” A. O. Scott called the film “not entirely terrible. high praise indeed, given that this is a film aspiring to match the achievement of 27 Dresses, When in Rome, and Leap Year”; according to Scott, the film is ” Love & Other Drugs without the disease”, a film whose pleasures “are to be found in the brisk, easy humor of some of Ms. Meriwether’s dialogue and in the talented people scattered around Ms. Portman and Mr. Kutcher like fresh herbs strewn on a serving of overcooked fish.” Scott considered “the film’s great squandered opportunity — and also the source of some of its best comic moments — is that Ms. Gerwig and Mindy Kaling in effect share the role of Emma’s zany sidekick. How can this be? Why are these two entirely original and of-the-moment performers marginal players in this agreeable, lackluster picture and not stars of the year’s greatest girl-bromance. To imagine Ms. Kaling and Ms. Gerwig in a remake of Thelma and Louise or the Wedding Crashers is to experience an equal measure of frustration and hope. Why can’t we have a few movies like that and not quite so many like this?”