Written December 11, 2016
It was a very powerful and serious movie. Everyone should see it, except for children under the age of 13, in my opinion.There were surprises in the movie which kept me interested.
Written March 25, 2017
Steven Soderbergh gifts audiences exactly what they paid for: terrific acting, compelling script, enough twists, spins to cement one’s attention; thrilling, solid, earnest entertainment...
“Side Effects” references the healthy/debilitating effects of prescription medication; medication to ward off the black void of depression, derailment of normalcy; viewers, beyond the age of reason, recognize that we inhabit a pill-popping society; stroll the aisles of your local pharmacy, there are over-the-counter drugs for a myriad of ailments: insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, weight issues, head, back, joint pain; with the swipe of a credit card they can be yours; but a doctor has to prescribe the strong stuff; curing extremes: anxiety, self-destructiveness, catastrophic mood swings; the positive always imbued with the negative, aka “side effects”...
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!
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Written May 25, 2017
surprisinglu successful at offering a completely unexpected ending-unexpected but legitimate
for the three main characters. excellent acting by newbie rooney mara and also by "stars" Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It was good to see Z-J playing a real part and not even trying to show off her beauty.
Written September 25, 2016
I was looking for a thriller to jolt me out of my melancholy mood. This movie made me even more depressed because it it is a dark, slow movie. I didn't care much about the characters, nor about the twist at the end, which was interesting, but -- yawn. I would wait until you could stream it at home. Worth a rental, but not going out for.
Written February 10, 2016
Yet another case of some talking head movie critic going on a morning talk show and raving wildly about a movie and the movie itself not living up to the rave.
This movie is ok and the twist at the end is a surpise but dangggggg, it takes a looonnnnggg time to get there with lots of useless throw away shots that do not advance the plot imo.
On the plus side, Rooney Mara is really good though she plays yet another dark, moody edgy character. would be nice to see her in something light and upbeat to see if she has the chops for that. I really like her, but would just like to see her do something that isn't so derivative of her role in The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo.
Jude Law is excellent and carries the movie imo. Great actor!
All in all, an ok but not exceptional movie, critic's opinion not withstanding.
I think some critics are too much a part of the Hollywood movie industry and will offer up a positive review of a movie just because they like certain actors, directors etc.