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Side Effects (15)

Side Effects (15)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

The critical consensus

The success of Side Effects largely depends on whether you buy into its narrative U-Turn. And if you don’t, it’ll stop the film dead.

James Mottram, The List, 18/02/2013

You might be disappointed that when the full story reveals itself it’s more lurid than anticipated. You may even experience feelings of disorientation, uncertainty and a vague sensation of having overdosed on twists: but those are the side effects of a noir as unpredictable and playful as Side Effects.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 03/03/2013

We may lose Soderbergh to painting, theatre and HBO-fuelled TV, and that’s a crying shame. If that’s the case, Side Effects is a great note on which to go out.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 06/03/2013

That it reveals itself in the end to be just an expertly executed genre film is ultimately why Soderbergh’s imminent absence from the release schedules is going to be something to mourn: such casual and prolific brilliance is in scarce supply.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/03/2013

Let's just say it's pleasingly unpredictable. Soderbergh has slipped us a Mickey Finn and worked up an atmosphere of deception that's very persuasive. His clever camera movements (he's also the cinematographer, pseudonymously credited as "Peter Andrews") and shrewd edits betoken a director right on top of his game.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 07/03/2013

It’s a fun, taut and cleverly-plotted guessing game that affords juicy roles for the cast.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, 07/03/2013

What a gripping and disturbing thriller this is. Surely it can't be Soderbergh's last movie. Say it ain't so.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/03/2013

Steven Soderbergh has claimed that his latest film will also be his last: if so, what a high to crest go out on.

*****Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 07/03/2013

On this form, a Soderbergh break from filmmaking is just what the doctor ordered.

**(*)(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 07/03/2013

Luckily, Soderbergh's direction remains understated, the film retains the hushed but charged atmosphere of an expensive psychiatrist's office, and you can enjoy the rising sense of panic which the drama induces, safe in the knowledge that the director is in control.

****(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 08/03/2013

Side Effects is a sleek, masterfully executed but entirely unflashy entertainment. It's also one of those films that's practically impossible to review because you can't reveal too much of its sinuously devious plot.

****(*)Jonathan Romney, The Independent, 09/03/2013

It isn't a film of any great depth, and the narrative deceptions inevitably involve a degree of contrivance. But Soderbergh handles his actors with great deftness and gives the film an air of intelligence and social authority.

Philip French, The Observer, 10/03/2013

The film itself isn’t groundbreaking or revolutionary but it exceeds expectation and after a tense hundred minutes, offers a satisfying ending.

***(*)(*)Emma Hay, TVBomb, 19/03/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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