Side Effects Synopsis
A successful New York couple's lives unravel when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Bipolar Puts it Best

By MedRed
Side Effects has two very distinct halves. The first part of the movie is slow, meticulous, and intelligent. From someone in the industry, it paints a very realistic picture of depression symptoms...

Two BIG thumbs down....

By mggoodman
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie and I was anticipating a storyline pertaining to...well...SIDE EFFECTS. I was utterly disappointed. While I loved Jude Law's character simply...

Slow start, strong finish

By mikefromakron
Fascinating story. Excellent acting. A movie with multiple twists and turns that is worth seeing. The beginning is a relatively long set up of one of the main characters, it takes some time to...

Say it ain't so! (derbergh)

By scotticusmaximus929
To explain that cumbersome title, Soderbergh has said that "Side Effects" will be his last feature film. I hope he's just a little burnt out and needs a break, because this is excellent filmmaking. ...

Good movie

By swaymbsc
At first I thought this movie was going to be too dark and depressing for me. However, as this movie went on it got better and better. A lot of good twists I didn't see coming. Very entertaining. I...

Side Effects- do not waste your money

By Fawn movie fan
This movie is simply awful! You see Rooney Mara's hangdog look for practically the entire movie and it's unbearable. Painful people painful. I wish I was warned before throwing money away for this...

Like a Good Episode of SVU

By DCSoBe2NYC
Enjoyed this movie. It's nothing spectacular, but it had enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Don't go in with high expectations and you'll probably get a kick out of it....

Side Effects

By I see lots of movies
Most of this movie was boring and depressing. We almost left it was so bad. The ending was good, but DEFINITELY NOT worth the torture of sitting through the rest of the film. WASTE OF AN EVENING!!!...

Terrible save your $$

By enigma2924
This movie was so boring I almost feel asleep. I thought they were spiking my soda with Anti -Depressant because I was in such a stopper from boredom. Catherine Zeta-Jones is the worst ******* ever,...

SIDE EFFECTS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION

By judge256
If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock you will appreciate this film. Not a dull moment. The story was convincing and believable. While I can usually figure out films like these pretty quickly, this...

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Rated R | For Sexuality, nudity, violence and language.
What Parents Need to Know
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