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

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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
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

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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Soderbergh is less interested in making statements than he is in skillfully fulfilling genre expectations.

    Mar 1, 2013 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…
  • A crafty teaser that presents itself as one kind of film before gradually evolving into another kind altogether. I, for one, enjoyed both enormously.

    Feb 11, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Side Effects

If this is really Soderbergh's last film, at least he departs on a good note with this smart movie 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
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
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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Movies like Side Effects quite simply don't get made often these days. And now that this is reportedly director Steven Soderbergh's final film, it is likely another one of this kind won't be made again. This is a thriller that keeps the suspense high and the plots twists as unexpected as any of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum are all excellent.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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