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Side Effects (2013)



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

Movie Info

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 FBmore
Rating: R (for sexuality, nudity, violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2013
Box Office: $32.2M
Open Road Films - Official Site


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
Martin Ireland
as Upset Visitor
Polly Draper
as Emily's Boss
Haraldo Alvarez
as Garage Attendant
Jimmy Martinez
as Police Officer at Ho...
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 A...
Timothy Klein
as Transporting Officer...
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 Adminis...
Ilyana Kadushin
as ECT Patient
Johnny Sanchez
as ECT Nurse
Nicole Ansari
as Disturbed Patient on...
La Chanze
as Wards Island Desk Nu...
Alice Niedermair-Lud...
as Wards Island Nurse
Craig muMs Grant
as Wards Island Orderly
Craig Mums
as Wards Island Orderly
Raymond DeBendictis
as Arresting Officer
Blake Lively
as Emily Hawkins
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News & Interviews for Side Effects

Critic Reviews for Side Effects

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (51)

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

It has "minor classic" written all over it.

Full Review… | April 17, 2016

Where's Adrian Lyne when you need him?

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A chilling, disturbing portrait of the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the evil of deceit.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

This movie isn't nearly as smart as it wants to be. It's the dunce wearing a valedictorian robe.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Audience Reviews for Side Effects

If this is really Soderbergh's last film, at least he departs on a good note with this smart film that moves so expertly from one genre to another - switching protagonists and growing from an intimate drama about depression to a pharmaco-thriller with clever twists.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Marie

Super Reviewer


A depressed woman finds the drug and psychiatrist who prescribed it may be responsible for her killing her husband.
The first part of this film is vintage Soderbergh, social issue drama with compelling characters and well-constructed plot lines. The second part of this film is a milquetoast, predictable thriller that is fun but not all that interesting. Some of the stock that the film built up over the first part of the film is squandered.
Rooney Mara's performance is good; she's vulnerable and can be intimidating.
Overall, Soderbergh is one of the finest directors working today, but he's a lot better in a film that is all his ilk, not just half his ilk.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Side Effects Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Banks: Depression is an inability to construct a future.
– Submitted by Maryam Z (2 years ago)
Dr. Jonathan Banks: The drug, basically it helps stop the brain from telling you that you are sad.
– Submitted by Maryam Z (2 years ago)
Dierdre Banks: Oh, the advantages of having a husband who can write prescriptions. What are they called again?
Dr. Jonathan Banks: It's beta blocker.
Dierdre Banks: it bad that I'm doing this?
Dr. Jonathan Banks: Everyone takes them. Lawyers, musicians. People going to interviews for big jobs..It doesn't make you anything you're not, it just makes it easier for you to be who you are.
– Submitted by Wan I (2 years ago)
Dierdre Banks: Did the person do it? Are they guilty?
Dr. Jonathan Banks: In this case, those are two very different things.
– Submitted by Caleb S (3 years ago)

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