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Side Effects (2013)



Critic Consensus: A smart, clever thriller with plenty of disquieting twists, Side Effects is yet another assured effort from director Steven Soderbergh.

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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 (Jude Law) - intended to treat anxiety - has unexpected side effects. (c) Official FB

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Jude Law
as Dr. Jonathan Banks
Rooney Mara
as Emily, Emily Taylor
Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Dr. Victoria Siebert
Channing Tatum
as Martin, Martin Taylor
Carmen Pelaez
as Prison Desk Guard
Ann Dowd
as Martin's Mother
Marin Ireland
as Upset Visitor
Vinessa Shaw
as Dierdre Banks
Polly Draper
as Emily's Boss
Haraldo Alvarez
as Garage Attendant
Jimmy Martinez
as Police Officer at Hospital
Katie Lowes
as Conference Organizer
Steven Platt
as Bartender
Víctor Cruz
as NYPD Officer Beahan
Peter Friedman
as Banks Partner #1
Andrea Bogart
as Drug Rep
Laila Robins
as Banks Partner #2
Elizabeth Rich
as Banks Patient #1
Roderick Rodriguez
as Paramedic #1
Mark Weekes
as Paramedic #2
Scott Shepherd
as NYPD Detective
Michael Nathanson
as Assistant District Attorney
Timothy Klein
as Transporting Officer Klein
Sheila Tapia
as Emily's Attorney
Josh Elliott
as GMA Anchor
Sasha Bardey
as Dr. Peter Joubert
Ashley A. Morrison
as Reporter #1
Steve Lacy
as Reporter #2
Ken Marks
as Banks Patient #2
Devin Ratray
as Banks Patient #3
Russell G. Jones
as Jeffery Childs
Debbie Friedlander
as Wards Island Administrator
Ilyana Kadushin
as ECT Patient
Johnny Sanchez
as ECT Nurse
Nicole Ansari
as Disturbed Patient on Phone
La Chanze
as Wards Island Desk Nurse
Alice Niedermair-Ludwig
as Wards Island Nurse
Craig Mums
as Wards Island Orderly
Raymond DeBendictis
as Arresting Officer
James Martinez
as Police Officer at Hospital
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Critic Reviews for Side Effects

All Critics (223) | Top Critics (75)

Dr. Banks' battle against evil lesbian scheme-hatchery sculpts him into a perfect husband, father, and doctor. It's surprising there isn't an epilogue to the film of him undergoing yet another transformation-this time into a saint, or maybe Superman.

January 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Side Effects showcases much of what the just 50-year-old filmmaker does best.

February 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Just when the film seems to have settled into that particular rubric, it sidesteps into a different bad-dream scenario... Which is where Side Effects starts getting slippery to a fault, and seriously problematic with it.

July 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It is, when the end credits roll, a sold, sturdy little mystery - sleek, and more than a little junk-foody.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

A chilling, disturbing portrait of the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the evil of deceit.

April 23, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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

January 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Side Effects

If this is really Soderbergh's last film, at least he departs on a good note with this smart movie that moves so expertly from one genre to another - switching protagonists and growing from an intimate drama about depression to a pharmaco-thriller with clever twists.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Interesting. I didn't expect the twists and turns at all. Not entirely the movie I thought I would be watching, but I liked it. Jude Law is always a put off in a movie, though. I didn't find the past scandal with the ex patient a stretch at all with him, though I get that it probably didn't actually happen. I am not entirely sure it all added up at the end, or was possible, but good movie that I doubt I will rewatch.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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 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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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