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The Rules of Attraction Reviews

February 11, 2008
Actually I quite enjoyed the movie--but how do I get rid of this awful discharge?
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.
November 19, 2002
Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
The nonstop artifice ultimately proves tiresome, with the surface histrionics failing to compensate for the paper-thin characterizations and facile situations.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 18, 2002
The bulk of Rules comes off like a cool-hand poser's at the wheel.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 17, 2002
A party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 15, 2002
Avary's crisp adaptation imbues the copious bad sex and general befuddlement of Bret Easton Ellis's solemn, echt '80s Bennington novel with a playfully obnoxious energy that is often funny and ... almost fun.
October 14, 2002
I hated this movie.
October 11, 2002
Oddly compelling.
October 11, 2002
Feels more like a walk across campus than a movie.
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
October 11, 2002
While he and his capable cast do their best, even decadence gets old if you have nothing else to offer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
Why this film was made now is a puzzler, but here's a theory: It lets a couple of WB stars be naughty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 11, 2002
Interminably bleak, to say nothing of boring.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 11, 2002
A cautionary tale with one exclamation mark too many, The Rules of Attraction simply tries too hard.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
Rules is hard to watch and harder not to, and director Roger Avary gets whatever it is that makes Ellis' cruelly romanticized pop-culture portraiture as fascinating as it is repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
For casual moviegoers who stumble into Rules expecting a slice of American Pie hijinks starring the kid from Dawson's Creek, they'll probably run out screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2002
Sold as a celebration of nihilism, it's actually a disorganized mess, a collection of half-drawn characters and overstylized nonsense.
October 11, 2002
An almost entirely worthless and pretentious adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's 1987 sophomore novel.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 11, 2002
Even if the enticing prospect of a lot of nubile young actors in a film about campus depravity didn't fade amid the deliberate, tiresome ugliness, it would be rendered tedious by Avary's failure to construct a story with even a trace of dramatic interest.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
October 10, 2002
Mr. Avary wants to convince us that his movie's dissipated symbols of late capitalist excess really exist. The harder the movie tries to shock, the shriller it rings.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
October 10, 2002
The Rules of Attraction is not mainstream fare, but it is quirky and interesting, and worth a look for those who don't mind movies where you end up despising just about everyone who has a speaking part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2002
Like the drug-fueled story, the style is exhilarating and swift; it knocks you off balance, but you don't want it to end.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 10, 2002
Should appeal to blase high schoolers who enjoyed Cruel Intentions and crave a stronger tragicomedy of bad manners.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2002
Writer-director Roger Avary comes into his own with The Rules of Attraction.
October 10, 2002
After a short while, Attraction seems to just drone on like a broken record.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 10, 2002
A bravura exercise in emptiness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2002
Avary's film never quite emerges from the shadow of Ellis' book.
October 7, 2002
The nonstop artifice ultimately proves tiresome, with the surface histrionics failing to compensate for the paper-thin characterizations and facile situations.