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Side Effects Reviews

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
It suggests Jagged Edge retold in the measured voice of the New Yorker.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 20, 2013
...another disappointing misfire from Soderbergh...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 17, 2013
Um experimento de gênero eficiente e que demonstra certa coragem ao puxar o tapete sob as expectativas do público quanto ao tipo de filme que está vendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
It's the nuances that lift it into the upper echelon, especially the subtle way it poses questions about our growing dependence on psychopharmaceuticals and the motivations of the doctors who so freely prescribe them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
May 13, 2013
There's no lasting surprise, no wonder or "wow" factor. Instead, Side Effects is a serviceable suspense effort that owes more than a little to its desire to mimic one of the medium's masters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
Even when it twists back to Hitchcockland, there's more than enough lingering spookiness about a culture's dependence on prescription drugs and psychiatry to wrench Side Effects away from being a mere trickster-tale.
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
Soderbergh is that rare director who can turn a clunky screenplay into something almost entirely delicious, and with SIDE EFFECTS he does exactly that.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
March 28, 2013
Soderbergh, with the help of some excellent writing by Scott Z. Burns and an outstanding cast, take you to Hitchcock territory.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 20, 2013
A masterful double-bluff. What starts as a taut, topical drama about medicated America becomes a classic, twisted neo-noir that sees Soderbergh pushing aside on-the-nose themes in favour of sheer entertainment.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 19, 2013
One moment, we're watching an enthralling exposé of the modern pharmaceutical industry; the next we're reeling from some well-timed mystery-thriller shocks. And Soderbergh, aided by a sharp script and superb cast, wrong-foots us all the way.
March 17, 2013
Ripper psychological, sharply directed guessing game stuff full of plot surprises and great left turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 15, 2013
Courtroom drama, forensic thriller, romantic murder mystery...It's as if the prescription for genre side effects is more genres.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 13, 2013
At its best, it's chilling, creepy, strange and intriguing; at its worst, it's gorgeous to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
March 11, 2013
A real pill of a movie that packs a serious one-two punch as a detective drama coupled with a cautionary tale about the dangers of trying to pharma-cate our troubles away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
March 10, 2013
The feature evolves from an icy, haunting tale of depression and abandonment into a squalid, sordid, serpentine Alfred Hitchcock pastiche. That it can glide from these two poles with us barely realising is a testament to Soderbergh's talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 10, 2013
A story that plays subtle tricks with our moral allegiances.
March 10, 2013
An effortlessly slick medical thriller that makes no grand statements or summations beyond being effortlessly artful and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 9, 2013
If this puzzling, often very enjoyable medical thriller were directed by almost any film-maker other than Steven Soderbergh, you would be tempted to diagnose it with genre identity disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Mail
March 8, 2013
It's certainly entertaining if you are willing to suspend your disbelief a little.
Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep
March 8, 2013
Another genre exercise for Soderbergh that he has managed to pull off with the help of his Hollywood friends to entertaining, if ultimately rather underwhelming, effect.
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