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Based on 39 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 27 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a gripping, maddening and thoroughly satisfying thriller, made with artfulness and integrity. Soderbergh sees things in his actors and gets things from them that other directors don't. show more

  • 50
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Like a lot of meds, it loses its effectiveness over time, and you'll build a resistance to Effects eventually, particularly when it dissolves into a standard crime flick. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    In another sense, though, everything is exactly what it seems, expertly crafted and cleverly compounded for high-dose entertainment. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Side Effects, chilly and noirish, and boasting a wily performance from Catherine Zeta-Jones as a therapist who worked with Emily earlier in her adulthood, is, Soderbergh says, his swan song. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The movie respects a viewer’s intelligence, which should also serve as a warning; don’t be lulled into a stupor. Keeping sharp will allow all the fun and menace in this terrific thriller to seep into your head. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    In trying to merge this alarmist theme with an old-fashioned murder mystery, the filmmakers throw at least one plot-twist sucker-punch too many, leaving the viewer with an “Oh, come on” reaction to the entire film. show more

  • 35
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The movie maintains its sense of style throughout, but that hardly matters as the story just gets stupider and stupider. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Imagine music for a sorcery-related plot and then dial it down to ominous forebodings. Without Thomas Newman's score, Side Effects would be a lesser film, even another film. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    With Rooney Mara as the woman in question — a poised, tense Manhattanite prescribed anti-anxiety medication by her psychiatrist with newsworthy results — Side Effects finds its ideal performer. show more

  • May 24, 2013 jackd1207
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    Started out like one of those \"message\" movies indicting Big Pharma but ended an entertaining movie.

  • May 14, 2013 I Luv Opals
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    I ************ this movie at Dollar Cinema. It was awesome that changed many ways and the ending totally unexpected.

  • March 07, 2013 velbe
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    Mixed review - very slow to start and I felt the details got a bit \"muddled\" as the plot unfolded. Has a bit of a Hitchcock feel to the movie without Hitchcock\'s sharp focus. Enjoyed Jude Law. Okay matinee movie.

  • March 02, 2013 statenali
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    Unexpected ending!

  • February 27, 2013 Blessed Michelle
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    Somewhat satisfying. Took too long to get to the thrills and the ending was unbelievably mundane.

  • February 24, 2013 mf00000000138936
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    Very good movie....excellent plot....ending is VERY surprising.....definitely a must see!

  • February 23, 2013 sethw2000
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    Very good movie with lots of twists and turns. It is a definite must see for those who love thrillers.

  • February 23, 2013 twalsh4440
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    Bad Movie with all of the good actors, actresses Stay home watch TV Movie critics wrong again

  • February 23, 2013 marvinmbesner
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    Great movie. Edge of the seat thriller. Perfect ending.

  • February 21, 2013 spcompro
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    Just saw the movie and loved it. Lots and lots of twists. Rooney Mara does a great job. Go see it and be surprised by the way it unwinds

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