The Rules of Attraction Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 30, 2008
Will either fascinate or infuriate you, sometimes within the same moment--and it's difficult imagining the film working any better if it did not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 25, 2008
When a movie is described by some critics as morally repellent and by others as innovative and brilliant, it means at the very least that it's controversial and touching a nerve in the collective consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
Actually I quite enjoyed the movie--but how do I get rid of this awful discharge?
March 23, 2006
Un film corrosif mettant sans dessus dessous tous les points qu'il aborde.
| Original Score: 8/10
Eric Campos
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Itâ(TM)s comedy with consequence, shenanigans rooted in an ugly reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
October 16, 2004
Atuações surpreendemente eficazes, uma trilha sonora espetacular, um roteiro inteligente e ácido e a direção intensa de Avary criam um filme absolutamente imperdível.
| Original Score: 5/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
Avary's style is sure to turn off many viewers, while others will find his inventive filmmaking exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
It's an outstanding film, clearly stamped with some bravura filmmaking techniques, an impeccable soundtrack and a stereotype-shattering performance from James Van Der Beek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
April 21, 2003
A breathtaking story told in breathtaking style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2003
There is so much going on, filmed with such style, that I found it hard to stop being fascinated.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 22, 2003
Stylish, impressive and darkly funny, with a surprising performance from James 'Dawson' Van Der Beek.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
March 4, 2003
This is fiercely original and seriously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 24, 2003
James van der Beek not only buries his wussy Dawson's Creek character but spits on its grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003
Where the novel ran on like a coke-binge bloody nose, the script has structure, makes sense, gives the audience room to breathe and think and maybe even feel something for these vapid characters as they run amok on a Northeastern college campus.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 21, 2002
The filmmakers do go way over the top to poke fun at human stupidity and self-involvement--it's a miracle any of these people survive! Yet since they keep us laughing at the ongoing farce, we hardly feel like we're being educated. But we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 19, 2002
Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore.
| Original Score: 3/4
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
November 6, 2002
Sé que no gustará a muchos, por los temas y por la forma quizá, pero si quieren ver una disección social hecha con gracia, esta es una cinta obligada...
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 24, 2002
If you can tolerate humanity dragged down to its brutal, lowest form, you just might appreciate the work of art Avary has put together.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
October 21, 2002
...a weird and boundless teen fantasy where nothing is normal, everything is detestable, and watching it all unfold is curiously beguiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
October 17, 2002
It's a movie experience unlike most others. It's cynical to the point of mocking its own boorishness, but that can be enjoyable.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

FilmFour.com
March 31, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003

Boston Phoenix
October 12, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 11, 2002
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