(I) (2013)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
This clever bag of tricks is made with so much cinematic skill it makes implausibility irrelevant. What happens on screen is unapologetically far-fetched, but it unfolds with enough panache to make turning away out of the question.
90
In another sense, though, everything is exactly what it seems, expertly crafted and cleverly compounded for high-dose entertainment.
88
Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery.
88
Side Effects, chilly and noirish, and boasting a wily performance from Catherine Zeta-Jones as a therapist who worked with Emily earlier in her adulthood, is, Soderbergh says, his swan song.
88
Imagine music for a sorcery-related plot and then dial it down to ominous forebodings. Without Thomas Newman's score, Side Effects would be a lesser film, even another film.
83
Side Effects is mostly a good Saturday-night movie, but by the end, it's caused a few unintended side effects of its own: a bit of head-scratching, and a giggle or two of disbelief.
80
The movie respects a viewer's intelligence, which should also serve as a warning; don't be lulled into a stupor. Keeping sharp will allow all the fun and menace in this terrific thriller to seep into your head.
75
It's a gripping, maddening and thoroughly satisfying thriller, made with artfulness and integrity. Soderbergh sees things in his actors and gets things from them that other directors don't.
75
With Rooney Mara as the woman in question - a poised, tense Manhattanite prescribed anti-anxiety medication by her psychiatrist with newsworthy results - Side Effects finds its ideal performer.
50
Like a lot of meds, it loses its effectiveness over time, and you'll build a resistance to Effects eventually, particularly when it dissolves into a standard crime flick.
50
In trying to merge this alarmist theme with an old-fashioned murder mystery, the filmmakers throw at least one plot-twist sucker-punch too many, leaving the viewer with an “Oh, come on” reaction to the entire film.
35
The movie maintains its sense of style throughout, but that hardly matters as the story just gets stupider and stupider.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Side Effects (2013) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board