Side Effects Reviews

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January 3, 2014
It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness.
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.
March 8, 2013
This movie is pure hokum, just as Hitchcock's great originals are, but you only realise this after - just like all the people in the film - you have been thoroughly hooked and duped yourself.
March 7, 2013
What a gripping and disturbing thriller this is. Surely it can't be Soderbergh's last movie. Say it ain't so.
March 7, 2013
Opts for raucous frivolity over genuine substance. But it's great fun while it lasts.
March 5, 2013
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.
March 1, 2013
Soderbergh is less interested in making statements than he is in skillfully fulfilling genre expectations.
February 11, 2013
A crafty teaser that presents itself as one kind of film before gradually evolving into another kind altogether. I, for one, enjoyed both enormously.
February 8, 2013
Steven Soderbergh is one of our best and most versatile directors.
February 8, 2013
Side Effects is a cracking thriller that ranks amongst Soderbergh's best, featuring electric performances by Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.
February 8, 2013
Side Effects virtually demands a three-word review: Just see it.
February 8, 2013
The main thing to keep in mind while watching Steven Soderbergh's playful new thriller is not to take the movie too seriously or else you'll feel betrayed by the end.
February 8, 2013
Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns maintain a tone of taut creepiness, but the plot's double and triple crosses are more ingenious than believable.
February 8, 2013
"Side Effects" does a nice job teasing current anxieties about depression, medical ethics and class striving with the classic thriller quandary of "Who's playing whom?"
February 8, 2013
[It] will both keep you on your toes and at the edge of your seat.
February 8, 2013
A stylish take on the psychiatric-thriller genre that, despite progressive narrative absurdities, mostly delivers a dose to the pleasure centres.
February 8, 2013
In some ways the film is more traditional than you think it will be, becoming a psychological puzzle piece. But Soderbergh lays the puzzle out so neatly, you can't help but be engrossed.
February 7, 2013
It's a gripping, maddening and thoroughly satisfying thriller, made with artfulness and integrity.
February 7, 2013
If this does prove to be Soderbergh's final film - and I wouldn't hold my breath - he picked a heck of a one to go out on.
February 7, 2013
Like a gel cap in a sip of orange juice, the psycho-pharmacological thriller Side Effects goes down easily, even if its long-term impact turns out to be barely discernible.
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