Drama Thriller - This is a dramatic thriller for adults that takes a serious look at
society's obsession and dependence on drugs to treat psychological
issues while telling a twisty thriller story. This is a showcase for
Jude Law and Rooney Mara while Catherine Zeta-Jones has a strong
supporting role; fans of Channing Tatum may be disappointed by his
fairly limited screen time. Language, sex, violence, and adult
subject matter make the film not for children.
PROFANITY: 16 F-words; 5 S-words; 1 GD; one other. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; women kiss. VIOLENCE: Slaps and a stabbing. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent pills; alcohol. ACTION: A car crash. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ...the movie is content to keep viewers engaged by changing our perceptions of events and characters as the plot unfolds.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good The music tells us what kind of movie 'Side Effects' is going to be. It coils beneath what seems like a realistic plot and whispers that something haunted and possessed is going on.
USA TodayFull Review Average With a strong first half and mild finale, thriller loses its potency.
Washington PostFull Review Average Like a gel cap in a sip of orange juice, the psycho-pharmacological thriller 'Side Effects' goes down easily, even if its long-term impact turns out to be barely discernible.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 64 moviegoers:
TEENS:The one male loved "Side Effects" as did the females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The three male reviews are low to very low. The female reviews are better but still very mixed. Close to a third loved it, a few more rated it above average, but over half rated it average to well below average. These are really too mixed to be of much help.
ADULTS: A few males loved it and a few rated it low, but most rated it a movie they enjoyed very much. About a third thought it was average. The female reviews are slightly better with more loving "Side Effects." Overall, two-thirds of both males and females enjoyed this movie very much with just a small percentage rating it below average.
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 (Jude Law) -- intended to treat anxiety -- has unexpected side
Emily (Academy Award
nominee Rooney Mara) and Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) are
a young, beautiful, wealthy couple living the good life, with a mansion, a sailboat and every
luxury money can buy -- until Martin is sent to prison for insider trading. For four years, Emily
waits for him in a tiny apartment in upper Manhattan, but his release is just as devastating as his
incarceration and Emily sinks into a deep depression.
After a failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Academy Award nominee Jude
Law) is called in to consult on Emily's case. Desperate not to be hospitalized, Emily agrees to a
regimen of therapy and antidepressants, a decision that will change the lives of everyone involved.
When Emily's symptoms don't improve, Banks prescribes a new medication that quiets her
demons. But the side effects of the drug have chilling consequences: marriages are ruined, Banks'
practice is decimated and someone is dead -- but who is responsible? Devastated by this
professional setback, Banks becomes obsessed with finding an answer. But the truth he uncovers
threatens to destroy whatever is left of his career and his private life.