Side Effects Reviews

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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+
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
February 6, 2013
Its big twist is telegraphed so soon after its start, there's zero shock value and zero suspense as the film plods towards its pathetically pat ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
February 5, 2013
Stick around, Mr. Soderbergh, you have a better walk-off film in you than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
March 7, 2013
A ludicrous thriller disguised as a sociopolitical statement on the US pharmaceutical industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 27, 2013
What starts out as an intriguing drama degenerates into a silly thriller during its later stages. The rules of logic don't seem to apply.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
February 11, 2013
Hitch used illogic, but he never plummeted into hokum as Side Effects does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
February 7, 2013
Starts out as a unique, fascinating and very daring movie, until it abruptly clicks and turns into something completely different and not nearly as good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
May 13, 2013
There's no lasting surprise, no wonder or "wow" factor. Instead, Side Effects is a serviceable suspense effort that owes more than a little to its desire to mimic one of the medium's masters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 3, 2013
In trying to merge this alarmist theme with an old-fashioned murder mystery, the filmmakers throw at least one plot-twist sucker-punch too many, leaving the viewer with an "Oh, come on" reaction to the entire film.
Geoff Berkshire
Zap2it.com
February 8, 2013
The narrative twists and turns ... are no match for the far more interesting mystery still unfolding off screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Mottram
The List
February 18, 2013
Side Effects boasts a fine cast, an authentic milieu and a script that flirts with the experimental. But it also underwhelms in the crucial final third.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 7, 2013
..Soderbergh and Burns were trying to make a statement about Big Pharma and the American Healthcare system within the structure of the thriller genre, but their insistence on building upon one 'shocking' revelation after the next becomes ludicrous quickly
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 25, 2013
Sleek and stylish yet silly and far-fetched, it dissolves into a cinematic depressant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Scott Bowles
USA Today
February 7, 2013
The movie descends into a TV-grade police procedural, with twists so sharp and a plot so convoluted you may need meds to clear your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 22, 2013
Soderbergh's latest (and possibly last) proves involving right until the penultimate act
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness.
Top Critic
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 7, 2013
"Side Effects" has the sleek, chic look of a Soderbergh film -- cool colors, seductive lighting -- but the script, by frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns, is disappointingly clunky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 15, 2013
Courtroom drama, forensic thriller, romantic murder mystery...It's as if the prescription for genre side effects is more genres.
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