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SIDE EFFECTS is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Ju... read more read Law) - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects. (c) Official FB

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R, 1 hr. 46 min.

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Release Date: February 8, 2013

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DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013

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  • April 26, 2014
    A depressed woman finds the drug and psychiatrist who prescribed it may be responsible for her killing her husband.
    The first part of this film is vintage Soderbergh, social issue drama with compelling characters and well-constructed plot lines. The second part of this film is a... read more milquetoast, predictable thriller that is fun but not all that interesting. Some of the stock that the film built up over the first part of the film is squandered.
    Rooney Mara's performance is good; she's vulnerable and can be intimidating.
    Overall, Soderbergh is one of the finest directors working today, but he's a lot better in a film that is all his ilk, not just half his ilk.
  • March 17, 2014
    Side Effects is a really good thriller but once you deconstruct it it's only just average. So why is it so good? Well, firstly it's not nonsensical. It could happen. Secondly, there are no stupid action scenes, no pointless car chases or explosions. Thirdly, Jude Law can act. He'... read mores a believable character and plays it very well. However, Steven Soderbergh looses points for badly written supporting roles, particularly of Jude Law's on screen wife Dierdre played by Vinessa Shaw. Her character is completely unbelievable, is lazily written and because of that, badly acted, and it would be unfair to blame Miss Shaw in this instance. This film works because many like it are so bad, it's a refreshing return to form for the genre. Steven Soderbergh's films are hit and miss, it's a shame that he's giving up directing just when his films were getting continuously good. I really liked the ending too, it felt rewarding among the silly twists of late.
  • March 9, 2014
    Movies like Side Effects quite simply don't get made often these days. And now that this is reportedly director Steven Soderbergh's final film, it is likely another one of this kind won't be made again.
    This is a thriller that keeps the suspense high and the plots twists as unexp... read moreected as any of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum are all excellent.
  • December 25, 2013
    I felt as if it may be about a case on profiting from certain drug prescription, but then it turned out to be some another sort of thriller. Fortunately, it wasn't a disappointing venture.
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    December 9, 2013
    While its ending is not particularly strong, and the storyline can verge on bizarre and tiring, Side Effects is largely compelling. It is generally well-filmed and well-paced, and features another impressive performance from Oscar nominee Rooney Mara.
  • November 24, 2013
    Emily Taylor: I'm not crazy, you know I'm not crazy.

    "One pill can change your life."

    Side Effects is a great way for a great director to go out. If this does end up being Steven Soderbergh's last film, at least he went out on top, even if it means as fans, we just want more. S... read moreide Effects is as interesting a film as Soderbergh has ever made, and it is one with a superb cast and an amazing plot. It's technically well made on every level as per usual with Soderbergh. The music is fantastic and the cinematography is gorgeous. It's just one hell of a movie all the way around.

    Emily is a depressed 28 year old, whose whole life was thrown upside down when her rich husband was put in prison for insider trading. She lost her husband, her home, and she also miscarried her child. Now with her husband getting out things are just getting worse. When she spontaneously tries to kill herself, she comes under the guidance of a psychiatrist, who prescribes her a new type of medication that he thinks may help. But the drug has side effects. There's a lot more depth to the plot, but I think anymore information would take away from the experience.

    Rooney Mara and Jude Law are the standout performances here. I love Rooney Mara and her performance as Emily is quite possible the best performance of her short career. Jude Law also seems like he was made to play a psychiatrist, everything from his tone of voice to demeanor is spot on. Catherine Zeta Jones also gives a wonderful, but smaller performance as Emily's former psychiatrist, and even Channing Tatum is watchable.

    This is one of those rare movies that has everything going for it and in the end all the individual talent involved here makes for a near perfect film. I'm a huge Steven Soderbergh fan, so I may be a little biased, as I just really enjoy everything he does. Hopefully he'll make a comeback at some point, but at least he left us with another great film to add to his stunning filmography.
  • October 8, 2013
    A wonderful cast comes together to give us an exciting and surprising tale of deception. Acting was very good, and the plot was surprisingly fresh. Very solid cinematic experience.
  • September 5, 2013
    In what is possibly be one of the last projects from the prolific Steven Soderbergh (at least for a while), we get a high caliber thriller that ranks as one of the better Hitchcockian homages in quite some time.

    Martin is a recently paroled white collar criminal whose wife Emil... read morey is struggling with anxiety and depression in the wake of his release. Her psychiatrist Dr. Banks prescribes her a new experimental drug, but not long after, things fall apart when the drug is revealed to have some shocking and unexpected side effects.

    For about the first oh, 40 minutes or so, it seems as if Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns really have some issues with the pharmaceutical industry, as this kinda comes off as some sort of horrifying anti-pill propaganda. But then, the film takes a radical shift and turns into a thriller of a different kind.

    I'm deliberately being vague, as part of the fun is experiencing this sharp and taut caper for yourself. It gets pretty twisty and turny, and some may not take well to the shift in direction, but it's not jarring enough to completely derail things. At least I didn't think so.

    It's got the style we've come to expect from Soderbergh, and it is quite an effective and engaging film. The cinematography, editing, and music fit the proceedings quite well, and there's some great sequences here, one in particular that is incredibly potent.

    The cast are well picked, and their performances are quite strong. Channing Tatum is quite decent and believable as Martin, Jude Law is solid as Dr. Banks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is quite good as Emily's former psychiatrist Dr. Siebert. The real highlight here is Rooney Mara as Emily. She's got a tough role, but she pulls it off quite well.

    I said the film is pretty sharp, but I must admit that it is a bit of a slow burner at first, and the twists and turns are a bit *ahem* hard to swallow, but if you can keep an open mind, suspend some belief, and be willing to accept what the film throws at you, then you'll probably have a pretty good time.
  • August 17, 2013
    Steven Soderbergh crafts yet another stunning film with Side Effects. This is an engaging film from start to finish. Side Effects is a well layered film with a great story and effective acting and directing. The story is engaging and interesting and it will keep you involved from... read more the first frame onwards. There are several standout performances in the movie. Soderbergh is a stunning director and he always manages to craft a movie that is original and worth seeing due to its plot. Side Effects tells a great story that will make you think from start to finish. I really enjoyed the film, and thought it was a well executed thriller among the finest in recent memory. The cast here delivers some great performances here and the plot is really something that you need to pay close attention to. The film is a near flawless thriller, one that continues Soderbergh's directorial streak. If you want a well acted feature film with a great story, then this is the film that you should check out. Steven Soderbergh is a fine filmmaker and with Side Effects he crafts yet another stunning film that will appeal to fans of the director. The plot is well thought out and keeps you involved right up to the very end. Soderbergh has made some good movies in the past, but with this film, he really delivers one of his strongest directorial efforts. Give this film a shot, it is worth it and you will be engaged from start to finish due to great, memorable performances and wonderful directing from Steven Soderbergh.
  • August 16, 2013
    How often do we get films this good so early in the year? "Side Effects" is a great film, a new release that has all the class and confidence of a classic thriller. If this is to be Soderbergh's last film, it's also one of his best. Hitchcock would be proud.

Critic Reviews

Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
Wesley Morris, Grantland

It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness. Full Review

David Thomson
June 13, 2013
David Thomson, The New Republic

Once Side Effects gets into its crime story, medication is swept aside by movie nonsense. The storyline goes into tangles that have to be dealt with very rapidly if the audience is not to start laughing. Full Review

Ben Walters
March 5, 2013
Ben Walters, Time Out

As a thriller in the Hitchcock mould, 'Side Effects' is great fun: its characters are well acted without being entirely likeable, which makes their jeopardy all the more enjoyable while putting us at ... Full Review

Ian Buckwalter
March 1, 2013
Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic

Soderbergh is less interested in making statements than he is in skillfully fulfilling genre expectations. Full Review

Christopher Orr
February 11, 2013
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

A crafty teaser that presents itself as one kind of film before gradually evolving into another kind altogether. I, for one, enjoyed both enormously. Full Review

Richard Roeper
February 8, 2013
Richard Roeper, Richard

Steven Soderbergh is one of our best and most versatile directors. Full Review

Peter Howell
February 8, 2013
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Side Effects is a cracking thriller that ranks amongst Soderbergh's best, featuring electric performances by Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum. Full Review

Richard Corliss
February 8, 2013
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

Side Effects virtually demands a three-word review: Just see it. Full Review

Rene Rodriguez
February 8, 2013
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

The main thing to keep in mind while watching Steven Soderbergh's playful new thriller is not to take the movie too seriously or else you'll feel betrayed by the end. Full Review

Peter Rainer
February 8, 2013
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns maintain a tone of taut creepiness, but the plot's double and triple crosses are more ingenious than believable. Full Review

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    • Dr. Jonathan Banks: Depression is an inability to construct a future.
    • Dr. Jonathan Banks: The drug, basically it helps stop the brain from telling you that you are sad.
    • Dierdre Banks: Oh, the advantages of having a husband who can write prescriptions. What are they called again?
    • Dr. Jonathan Banks: It's beta blocker.
    • Dierdre Banks: it bad that I'm doing this?
    • Dr. Jonathan Banks: Everyone takes them. Lawyers, musicians. People going to interviews for big jobs..It doesn't make you anything you're not, it just makes it easier for you to be who you are.
    • Dierdre Banks: Did the person do it? Are they guilty?
    • Dr. Jonathan Banks: In this case, those are two very different things.

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