• Released
  • February 8, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 45 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 2,614 Fan Ratings
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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Rated R | For Sexuality, nudity, violence and language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Thriller's twisty plot overshadows thought-provoking themes.
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