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Side Effects

  • Starring: Catherine Zeta Jones, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Rooney Mara
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 106 min.

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her old doctor, eventually prescribes her an experimental new medication he’s consulting on, Ablixa. However, its side effects on Emily prove increasingly serious with Emily sleepwalking until she kills her husband in that state. With Emily plea bargained into a mental hospital commitment and Dr. Banks’ practice in ruins, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept he was at fault and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what’s left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy.

"Side Effects virtually demands a three-word review: Just see it."
- Richard Corliss, Time
"While the plot may be predictable (and more than a little preposterous) in retrospect, Mr. Soderbergh handles it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Ultimately, think of the movie as a puzzle box in which all the pieces fit together wonderfully well. Once you step back and take a look at how it’s all put together, you have to marvel at how cleverly constructed the whole thing is."
- Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery"
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News