The Rules of Attraction Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 8, 2002
...often feels, to use the vernacular of a graying generation, like the proverbial bad trip.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 11, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 19, 2002
An empty tale.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Not for kids, and not for many adults, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 14, 2002
I hated this movie.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 12, 2002
So there is much to admire here, but what does it all add up to? Alas, the danger of dealing with characters who go nowhere and do nothing is that the film may turn out to go nowhere and do nothing right along with them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2002
Cinematic pyrotechnics aside, the only thing Avary seems to care about are mean giggles and pulchritude. It makes sense that he went back to school to check out the girls -- his film is a frat boy's idea of a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 2, 2002
Avary doesn't seem to understand that it's one thing to make a movie about repulsive, self-indulgent characters -- but quite another to make a repulsive, self-indulgent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
October 12, 2002
Much like the characters within it, Rules stumbles around in a perpetual state of drunkness wasting what few moments it has to reccomend it on empty symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 11, 2002
The Rules Of Attraction is not just a bad movie, it's a profoundly depressing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
October 20, 2002
Over-stylized in its production value and underdeveloped in the cynicism department, this inflated and laden vehicle reminds us that school is out both literally and figuratively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
October 11, 2002
I must say it's one of the most insidious, thought-provoking films to come out this year. Still, I can't quite recommend it.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The leads and their accomplices look dead glam, but it's never clear whether their vacuity is a deliberate strategy. Certainly Avary's style seems all for instant gratification.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
Avary also sticks to that Pulp Fiction air of ironic detachment about man's inhumanity to man, an attitude as welcome today as a disco beat was in 1985.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 13, 2002
The Rules of Attraction has some mighty fine acting going on - too bad they just don't go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 14, 2002
You have no affinity for most of the characters. Nothing about them is attractive. What they see in each other also is difficult to fathom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 21, 2002
Avary's indefatigable movie has a bristling intellectual spirit and a consistency of tone and performance, yet it never amounts to much more than the stylistic repetition of the same joke/point.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
October 8, 2002
If you go to see this film, you will not only feel sick to your stomach, but you will also feel the sudden need to go to church to clear out the junk that just went into your head.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 7, 2002
A misogynistic piece of filth that attempts to pass itself off as hip, young adult entertainment.
| Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 10, 2002
So devoid of pleasure or sensuality that it cannot even be dubbed hedonistic.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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October 11, 2002

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October 12, 2002

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March 7, 2003

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March 31, 2003
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