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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Rules needs that dose of hilarity. Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Nearly every bodily fluid makes an appearance in "Rules," a mean-spirited paean to hedonism set at an East Coast college where students attend class only occasionally, and then only to perform oral sex on instructors. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Although it would be understatement to call their characters unsympathetic, Van Der Beek and Sossamon play their parts with such doomed passion that they have some affecting moments. show more

  • 38
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Juices up the visuals with fancy camerawork and split screens, but it can't distract enough from the vulgarity of the material. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    At times darkly funny and at other times depressingly tragic. It's safe to say there aren't any movies out there quite like this one. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    If there's one thing Avary gets right, it's the brutal use-or-be-used approach to interpersonal relations that Ellis laid out with numbing detail, and James Van Der Beek is down to the challenge as Sean Bateman: horndog, cokehead, ceramics major, and all-around jerk. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is no entry portal in The Rules of Attraction, and I spent most of the movie feeling depressed by the shallow, selfish, greedy characters. I wanted to be at another party. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Some of its parts are nifty, but the sum of these parts is nothing. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Hollow and pointless. show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Most of the characters are one-dimensional, and Avary's over-the-top directing doesn't make them interesting for more than a few isolated moments. show more

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