Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in Steven Soderberghs psychological thriller about an experimental drug that has chilling and deadly side effects.
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Rotten: 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.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, February 7, 2013
Fresh: 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.
- Ben Walters, Time Out, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Fresh: A crafty teaser that presents itself as one kind of film before gradually evolving into another kind altogether. I, for one, enjoyed both enormously.
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Monday, February 11, 2013
Steven Soderbergh movies have always been hit and miss with me. But with this and his last 2 movies("Behind the Candlabra" and "Magic Mike") he's on a very good run. "Side Effects" is a very good thriller where the less you know the better. Emily and Martin(Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) are a reuniting couple as Martin gets out of jail. Once out, her anxiety attacks start again and she meets psychiatrist(Jude Law) who wants to start her on a new drug that has some interesting Side Effects. The cast is great, with each giving terrific performances. Law is especially good, doing his best work in years. I will say, this may not be for everyone. It is a little slow, and the story doesn't unfold like most would expect. But it's still very good and very much worth a watch.
- fb100000145236770, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Disappointing to a fault, "Side Effects" is not quite up to the standards set by Soderbergh's best films, but it is a very solid one that takes you by surprise in the first act, but let's down and becomes a little predictable until the end, making for a sloppily structured picture. The most interesting things happen during the build up and suspense in the beginning, which in turn, I believe, gave the filmmakers a little too much confidence in making this a masterpiece. Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara are terrific together, and Mara continues to display her terrific acting talent. Steven Soderbergh's vision is always out there and kind of pokes fun at critics in the way the film looks, which is a tad distracting. "Side Effects" is well shot, well edited and well directed, but it get's boring as the film goes on. Overall, it was a good film.
- fb733768972, Friday, August 2, 2013