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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's difficult to escape the impression that the movie is impressed only with its cleverness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Soderbergh is less interested in making statements than he is in skillfully fulfilling genre expectations."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"This movie isn't nearly as smart as it wants to be. It's the dunce wearing a valedictorian robe."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"The director is Steven Soderbergh at his coolly mercurial best and in that exciting middle ground between experiment and entertainment, where formal playfulness goes very well with great faces."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Side Effects is, ultimately, another example of the director's commitment to fine craftsmanship above any identifiable fingerprint."
‑ Scott Wold, Paste Magazine
"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."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"A crafty teaser that presents itself as one kind of film before gradually evolving into another kind altogether. I, for one, enjoyed both enormously."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Side Effects delivers a skillfully crafted, yet ultimately pale and shallow, play on well established tropes, rather than anything genuinely new or in any manner deeply felt."
‑ Roth Cornet, IGN Movies
"If audiences stop trying to unravel the very tangled plot and don't mind have the carpet pulled from under their feet again and again, they should find plenty here to relish."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"This is one of those films where every single line of dialogue has a meaning, then another meaning, and possibly a third as perspectives shift with each new revelation."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"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 a clinical remove."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Steven Soderbergh is one of our best and most versatile directors."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Side Effects is a more than worthy film for anyone to end their career (well, maybe) on."
‑ Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
"Side Effects looks like it's going to be an expose of America's prescription-drug addiction issues, before it swerves nicely into thriller territory, and a seemingly minor character becomes the protagonist."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"Even if you think Soderbergh has screwed up, you'll probably find the mistakes interesting."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Twitch
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