Side Effects Reviews

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March 3, 2019
There were some good reveals towards the last third, but I prefer a little more thriller in my thrillers.
August 30, 2018
Side Effects plays like an upscale version of a Skinemax thriller, with the sleaze taken out and replaced with an arty veneer. That's no improvement.
August 30, 2018
The thriller is tepid, and the study of depression loaded with cinematic cliches.
July 31, 2018
Just when the film seems to have settled into that particular rubric, it sidesteps into a different bad-dream scenario... Which is where Side Effects starts getting slippery to a fault, and seriously problematic with it.
April 28, 2015
Where's Adrian Lyne when you need him?

February 6, 2014
This movie isn't nearly as smart as it wants to be. It's the dunce wearing a valedictorian robe.
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.
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.
June 10, 2013
Performances are generally fine with the glaring exception of a laughably earnest Catherine Zeta Jones (channelling '90s Demi Moore) as Emily's previous therapist.
May 20, 2013
...another disappointing misfire from Soderbergh...
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.
March 15, 2013
Courtroom drama, forensic thriller, romantic murder mystery...It's as if the prescription for genre side effects is more genres.
March 7, 2013
A ludicrous thriller disguised as a sociopolitical statement on the US pharmaceutical industry.
February 28, 2013
Plot twists? Or lurches between genres?
February 27, 2013
What starts out as an intriguing drama degenerates into a silly thriller during its later stages. The rules of logic don't seem to apply.
February 25, 2013
Sleek and stylish yet silly and far-fetched, it dissolves into a cinematic depressant.
February 22, 2013
Soderbergh's latest (and possibly last) proves involving right until the penultimate act
February 18, 2013
Side Effects boasts a fine cast, an authentic milieu and a script that flirts with the experimental. But it also underwhelms in the crucial final third.
February 18, 2013
As smart and stylish as one would expect, but like Soderbergh's other recent artsy genre essays - 'Haywire,' 'Contagion' - its duller than its sources (in this case, 'Bigger Than Life,' 'Basic Instinct' and 'Psycho').
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