Side Effects

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



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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


Jude Law
as Dr. Jonathan Banks
Rooney Mara
as Emily Taylor
Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Dr. Victoria Siebert
Channing Tatum
as Martin Taylor
Ann Dowd
as Martin's Mother
Vinessa Shaw
as Dierdre Banks
Carmen Pelaez
as Prison Desk Guard
Marin Ireland
as Upset Visitor
Polly Draper
as Emily's Boss
Haraldo Alvarez
as Garage Attendant
Jimmy Martinez
as Police Officer at Hospital
Katie Lowes
as Conference Organizer
Steven Platt
as Bartender
Víctor Cruz
as NYPD Officer Beahan
Peter Friedman
as Banks Partner #1
Andrea Bogart
as Drug Rep
Laila Robins
as Banks Partner #2
Elizabeth Rich
as Banks Patient #1
Roderick Rodriguez
as Paramedic #1
Mark Weekes
as Paramedic #2
Scott Shepherd
as NYPD Detective
Michael Nathanson
as Assistant District Attorney
Timothy Klein
as Transporting Officer Klein
Sheila Tapia
as Emily's Attorney
Josh Elliott
as GMA Anchor
Sasha Bardey
as Dr. Peter Joubert
Ashley A. Morrison
as Reporter #1
Steve Lacy
as Reporter #2
Ken Marks
as Banks Patient #2
Devin Ratray
as Banks Patient #3
Russell G. Jones
as Jeffery Childs
Debbie Friedlander
as Wards Island Administrator
Ilyana Kadushin
as ECT Patient
Johnny Sanchez
as ECT Nurse
Nicole Ansari
as Disturbed Patient on Phone
La Chanze
as Wards Island Desk Nurse
Alice Niedermair-Ludwig
as Wards Island Nurse
Craig Mums
as Wards Island Orderly
Raymond DeBendictis
as Arresting Officer
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Critic Reviews for Side Effects

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (179) | Rotten (38)

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

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This movie is pure hokum, just as Hitchcock's great originals are, but you only realise this after - just like all the people in the film - you have been thoroughly hooked and duped yourself.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What a gripping and disturbing thriller this is. Surely it can't be Soderbergh's last movie. Say it ain't so.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Opts for raucous frivolity over genuine substance. But it's great fun while it lasts.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As a thriller in the Hitchcock mould, 'Side Effects' is great fun: its characters are well acted without being entirely likeable, which makes their jeopardy all the more enjoyable while putting us at a clinical remove.

    Mar 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Side Effects

  • May 27, 2016
    This movie will sneak up on you. I have to say first, I advise not knowing anything about it before watching it, or as little as possible. In the spirit of that sentiment, I will keep this brief. The movie starts off slowly, with a young woman (Rooney Mara) suffering from depression and seeking medication. Just bear with it. Soderbergh is sly in his pacing and how he unfolds the story, and as questions inevitably turn to her psychiatrist (Jude Law) and precisely what happened after she takes the pills, the film reminds one of a very solid Hitchcock film. Suspense and tension are created in cerebral ways, without a lot of over-the-top action, which is a pleasure to see. Mara and Law help considerably with that as they both turn in good performances, as does Catherine Zeta-Jones, despite her lesser screen time. Very well made, and definitely worth watching.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2015
    a bit slow paced for my liking, but overall an intelligent thriller. don't expect outstanding acting as the parts don't really require it. soderbergh applies his finite touch and zeta-jones plays her sternest role yet.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Side Effects works as a basic thriller. Jude Law carries the film, but it works. I think there was a better film that could have been made. Based on the trailer I thought Side Effects would be a social drama and was a bit disappointed those issues are not particularly relevant in the film. The film is suspenseful, but I was not a fan of the style and thought it to be more like a Lifetime movie than a either a Hitchcock classic or classic noir.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer

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