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Side Effects Reviews

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September 5, 2017
Scott Z Burns's clever screenplay takes a satirical swipe at a yuppie culture in which everyone seems to be on medication. But then it starts working on gripping, more sinister levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2017
Although I would've liked him to go out with something better than Side Effects, it's fitting that Soderbergh would end with a film that's superbly shot, directed, and acted, and yet, at some fundamental level, profoundly half-hearted.
July 14, 2016
A trimly paced thriller that plays with audience expectations and keeps viewers off-balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2016
It is, when the end credits roll, a sold, sturdy little mystery - sleek, and more than a little junk-foody.
May 10, 2016
The script by Scott Z. Burns is deliciously sinuous.
April 17, 2016
It has "minor classic" written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2015
Where's Adrian Lyne when you need him?

April 23, 2015
A chilling, disturbing portrait of the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the evil of deceit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 6, 2014
This movie isn't nearly as smart as it wants to be. It's the dunce wearing a valedictorian robe.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 3, 2014
It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness.
December 16, 2013
Side Effects delivers a skillfully crafted, yet ultimately pale and shallow, play on well established tropes, rather than anything genuinely new or in any manner deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
December 16, 2013
Side Effects is a more than worthy film for anyone to end their career (well, maybe) on.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 16, 2013
The director is Steven Soderbergh at his coolly mercurial best and in that exciting middle ground between experiment and entertainment, where formal playfulness goes very well with great faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2013
If audiences stop trying to unravel the very tangled plot and don't mind have the carpet pulled from under their feet again and again, they should find plenty here to relish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2013
Side Effects looks like it's going to be an expose of America's prescription-drug addiction issues, before it swerves nicely into thriller territory, and a seemingly minor character becomes the protagonist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2013
Side Effects is, ultimately, another example of the director's commitment to fine craftsmanship above any identifiable fingerprint.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
October 5, 2013
This is one of those films where every single line of dialogue has a meaning, then another meaning, and possibly a third as perspectives shift with each new revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 13, 2013
Even if you think Soderbergh has screwed up, you'll probably find the mistakes interesting.
June 30, 2013
A provocative thriller that offers intelligence and solid surprises until its lame third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 13, 2013
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.
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