Side Effects 3.0 stars

Side Effects movie poster

Back in 1989, indie film director Steven Soderbergh broke onto the scene with his first film: sex, lies, and videotape, a seamy, sticky drama about sex, lies, and videotape. Here in 2013, he is giving us what he says will be his last film: a seamy, sticky drama about sex, lies, and digital images. Also, psych meds, because the modern anxiety over how a pill can or cannot change a persona is ripe for exploitation. Soderbergh does a fine job of intermingling the smooth, clinical world of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) with the jagged, messy life of depressed young wife Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara). And for a while, he does an even better job of keeping the viewer uncertain about who, if anybody, should be rooted for. Some dodgy casting decisions — Law never manages real desperation — do little to get in the way of the story's gleefully nasty mechanics. 2013.

Matthew Lickona

This movie is not currently in theaters.


Sign in to comment

Join our newsletter list for
$5 off your next purchase
on our daily deal site,