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Side Effects Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
A trimly paced thriller that plays with audience expectations and keeps viewers off-balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Bailey
June 21, 2016
It is, when the end credits roll, a sold, sturdy little mystery - sleek, and more than a little junk-foody.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
The script by Scott Z. Burns is deliciously sinuous.
J. Olson
April 17, 2016
It has "minor classic" written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Stuckmann
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-
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
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+
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
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
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
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
Chris Knight
National Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Wold
Paste Magazine
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
Travis Hopson
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
Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2013
Even if you think Soderbergh has screwed up, you'll probably find the mistakes interesting.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A provocative thriller that offers intelligence and solid surprises until its lame third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 27, 2013
Side Effects is a twisty pharmaceutical thriller that functions both as an effective drama and a social commentary on America's rising obsession with prescription drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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-
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-
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