Side Effects (2013)



Critic Consensus: A smart, clever thriller with plenty of disquieting twists, Side Effects is yet another assured effort from director Steven Soderbergh.

Movie Info

SIDE EFFECTS is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects. (c) Official FB

Rating: R (for sexuality, nudity, violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2013
Box Office: $32.2M
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as Dr. Jonathan Banks

as Emily Taylor

as Dr. Victoria Siebert

as Martin Taylor

as Martin's Mother

as Dierdre Banks

as Prison Desk Guard

as Upset Visitor

as Emily's Boss

as Garage Attendant

as Police Officer at Ho...

as Conference Organizer

as Bartender

as NYPD Officer Beahan

as Banks Partner #1

as Drug Rep

as Banks Partner #2

as Banks Patient #1

as Paramedic #1

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as NYPD Detective

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as Transporting Officer...

as Emily's Attorney

as GMA Anchor

as Dr. Peter Joubert

as Reporter #1

as Reporter #2

as Banks Patient #2

as Banks Patient #3

as Jeffery Childs

as Wards Island Adminis...

as ECT Patient

as ECT Nurse

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as Wards Island Desk Nu...

as Wards Island Nurse

as Wards Island Orderly

as Wards Island Orderly

as Arresting Officer

as Emily Hawkins
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Critic Reviews for Side Effects

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (51)

It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

Once Side Effects gets into its crime story, medication is swept aside by movie nonsense. The storyline goes into tangles that have to be dealt with very rapidly if the audience is not to start laughing.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Where's Adrian Lyne when you need him?

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A chilling, disturbing portrait of the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the evil of deceit.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

This movie isn't nearly as smart as it wants to be. It's the dunce wearing a valedictorian robe.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Side Effects delivers a skillfully crafted, yet ultimately pale and shallow, play on well established tropes, rather than anything genuinely new or in any manner deeply felt.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Side Effects

If this is really Soderbergh's last film, at least he departs in a good note with this smart film that moves so expertly from one genre to another - switching protagonists and growing from an intimate drama about depression to a pharmaco-thriller with clever twists.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Interesting. I didn't expect the twists and turns at all. Not entirely the movie I thought I would be watching, but I liked it.
Jude Law is always a put off in a movie, though. I didn't find the past scandal with the ex patient a stretch at all with him, though I get that it probably didn't actually happen.
I am not entirely sure it all added up at the end, or was possible, but good movie that I doubt I will rewatch.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


A depressed woman finds the drug and psychiatrist who prescribed it may be responsible for her killing her husband.
The first part of this film is vintage Soderbergh, social issue drama with compelling characters and well-constructed plot lines. The second part of this film is a milquetoast, predictable thriller that is fun but not all that interesting. Some of the stock that the film built up over the first part of the film is squandered.
Rooney Mara's performance is good; she's vulnerable and can be intimidating.
Overall, Soderbergh is one of the finest directors working today, but he's a lot better in a film that is all his ilk, not just half his ilk.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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