The Rules of Attraction Synopsis
Three collegians (James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon) party and search for love.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

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Nearly every bodily fluid makes an appearance in "Rules," a mean-spirited paean to hedonism set at an East Coast college where students...
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"IF THIS REALLY IS THE 'COLLEGE EXPERIENCE'... CONSIDER TRADE SCHOOL"

By Dane_Youssef
by DANE YOUSSEF Roger Avary's "The Rules Of Attraction" is a look at the "experimentation" of college life. Alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide and sexual escapades. That's not to say that the...

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Rated R | For Language, Drug Use, Strong Sexual Content and Violent Images
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Common Sense Media says not for kids Not for kids, and not for many adults, either.
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