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

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For four years, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has awaited the release of her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), from being imprisoned for insider trading. Finally, Martin comes home, but Emily feels just as bad as she did when he was incarcerated, and she sinks into a deep depression. After her failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) prescribes a series of medications. When those don't work, he gives Emily a new medication -- but the drug leads to ruined lives and death.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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