Smart, Suspenseful, Thoroughly Entertaining.

By Alon Patterson
Written February 09, 2013
This film builds slowly, at first leading the audience to question its point, in addition to its plot. Turns out, that is the point, precisely. Skillfully, methodically, the writer steadily brings focus to what becomes one of the smartest plays on screen for some time. While this movie may not appeal to those with short attention spans or ones who must have constant stimulation, the rest should be pleasantly entertained. Adults only of course. This screenplay is absolutely masterful and well worth experiencing. Both Zeta-Jones and Mara execute their roles with precision and near perfection. Jude Law provides a balanced believability to this plot as well. The one deficit, if it can be called that, is that Tatum wasn’t given enough with which to work. However, with each new film he grows as an actor. It seems at long last he learning his chops. At the current rate, his will be a commanding presence on the screen during middle age. See this film. You won’t be disappointed.
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Soderberg strikes again...

By capcuervo
Written February 14, 2013
...with an extremely smart and sexy thriller. All the players are perfectly cast, the performances spot on and the plot secrets revealed with great skill. I want to see it again to catch what I missed the first time.
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Read All Prescription Labels & Drug Warnings

By winged1
Written February 12, 2013
I honestly LOVED "Side Effects"! It's quite a cerebral-type of thriller, and truly brings into question all those great moral and ethical dilemmas we see in the headlines today. Did the doctor exercise his best judgment? Is the medical community unduly influenced by personal gain due to their consultative relationships with the major pharmaceutical companies? Even more important, why is our society currently so prone to self-medicate? The acting is great all-around, and I find it difficult to believe that director Steven Soderbergh claims this is his last film. Let's hope he's not quitting Hollywood and just taking a sabbatical. At any rate, "Side Effects" is a must.
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Fantastic!

By dannypants
Written February 09, 2013
Plot twists I never saw coming! Very unlike the predictability of most Hollywood movies. So well done and riveting! Very intriguing story line. I can't recommend it enough.
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A Near Miss

By randrew0
Written February 09, 2013
The professional critics who likened this to Hitchcock's psychological thrillers were obviously on crack. It has a great cast, and the story is good, but the movie suffers from a general lack of tension. I figured out quite early what was really going on, and from there on, and ... ho, hum. There was no sense of menace or danger or even empathy as Jude Law slipped into obsession and watched his life escaping from him. This movie had great potential and could have been so much more than it was.
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