83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The cast is a pitch-perfect assemblage of pretty young things, but James Van Der Beek, as a slit-eyed dorm stud, proves that he can be an actor of cruel force.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Rules needs that dose of hilarity. Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
At times darkly funny and at other times depressingly tragic. It's safe to say there aren't any movies out there quite like this one.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If there's one thing Avary gets right, it's the brutal use-or-be-used approach to interpersonal relations that Ellis laid out with numbing detail, and James Van Der Beek is down to the challenge as Sean Bateman: horndog, cokehead, ceramics major, and all-around jerk.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Some of its parts are nifty, but the sum of these parts is nothing.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Hollow and pointless.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is no entry portal in The Rules of Attraction, and I spent most of the movie feeling depressed by the shallow, selfish, greedy characters. I wanted to be at another party.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Although it would be understatement to call their characters unsympathetic, Van Der Beek and Sossamon play their parts with such doomed passion that they have some affecting moments.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Juices up the visuals with fancy camerawork and split screens, but it can't distract enough from the vulgarity of the material.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Nearly every bodily fluid makes an appearance in "Rules," a mean-spirited paean to hedonism set at an East Coast college where students attend class only occasionally, and then only to perform oral sex on instructors.
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50 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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