• Released
  • February 8, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 45 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 2,614 Fan Ratings
90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In another sense, though, everything is exactly what it seems, expertly crafted and cleverly compounded for high-dose entertainment.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Side Effects, chilly and noirish, and boasting a wily performance from Catherine Zeta-Jones as a therapist who worked with Emily earlier in her adulthood, is, Soderbergh says, his swan song.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Side Effects is mostly a good Saturday-night movie, but by the end, it's caused a few unintended side effects of its own: a bit of head-scratching, and a giggle or two of disbelief.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The movie respects a viewer’s intelligence, which should also serve as a warning; don’t be lulled into a stupor. Keeping sharp will allow all the fun and menace in this terrific thriller to seep into your head.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A sleekly clever murder mystery, the film plays as many games with the audience as it does with its characters, and for the majority of the running time — the challenge comes from matching wits with what you’re seeing.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a gripping, maddening and thoroughly satisfying thriller, made with artfulness and integrity. Soderbergh sees things in his actors and gets things from them that other directors don't.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
In trying to merge this alarmist theme with an old-fashioned murder mystery, the filmmakers throw at least one plot-twist sucker-punch too many, leaving the viewer with an “Oh, come on” reaction to the entire film.
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50

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Like a lot of meds, it loses its effectiveness over time, and you'll build a resistance to Effects eventually, particularly when it dissolves into a standard crime flick.
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35

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The movie maintains its sense of style throughout, but that hardly matters as the story just gets stupider and stupider.
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75 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.