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.

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

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (52)

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

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.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
The Atlantic
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A crafty teaser that presents itself as one kind of film before gradually evolving into another kind altogether. I, for one, enjoyed both enormously.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Steven Soderbergh is one of our best and most versatile directors.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
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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
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

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