Side Effects Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Where's Adrian Lyne when you need him?

Chris Stuckmann
ChrisStuckmann.com
April 23, 2015
A chilling, disturbing portrait of the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the evil of deceit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
This movie isn't nearly as smart as it wants to be. It's the dunce wearing a valedictorian robe.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness.
Roth Cornet
IGN Movies
December 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
December 16, 2013
Side Effects is a more than worthy film for anyone to end their career (well, maybe) on.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 16, 2013
The director is Steven Soderbergh at his coolly mercurial best and in that exciting middle ground between experiment and entertainment, where formal playfulness goes very well with great faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
December 16, 2013
If audiences stop trying to unravel the very tangled plot and don't mind have the carpet pulled from under their feet again and again, they should find plenty here to relish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Knight
National Post
December 16, 2013
Side Effects looks like it's going to be an expose of America's prescription-drug addiction issues, before it swerves nicely into thriller territory, and a seemingly minor character becomes the protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Wold
Paste Magazine
December 16, 2013
Side Effects is, ultimately, another example of the director's commitment to fine craftsmanship above any identifiable fingerprint.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 5, 2013
This is one of those films where every single line of dialogue has a meaning, then another meaning, and possibly a third as perspectives shift with each new revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
TwitchFilm
July 13, 2013
Even if you think Soderbergh has screwed up, you'll probably find the mistakes interesting.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A provocative thriller that offers intelligence and solid surprises until its lame third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
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.
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
June 10, 2013
Performances are generally fine with the glaring exception of a laughably earnest Catherine Zeta Jones (channelling '90s Demi Moore) as Emily's previous therapist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 27, 2013
Side Effects is a twisty pharmaceutical thriller that functions both as an effective drama and a social commentary on America's rising obsession with prescription drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
It suggests Jagged Edge retold in the measured voice of the New Yorker.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 20, 2013
...another disappointing misfire from Soderbergh...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 17, 2013
Um experimento de gênero eficiente e que demonstra certa coragem ao puxar o tapete sob as expectativas do público quanto ao tipo de filme que está vendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
It's the nuances that lift it into the upper echelon, especially the subtle way it poses questions about our growing dependence on psychopharmaceuticals and the motivations of the doctors who so freely prescribe them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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