Side Effects

  • 15
  • Steven Soderbergh (2013)
  • US
  • 101 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A psychiatrist is forced to examine his own conscience in this hypnotic thriller from director Steven Soderbergh. Jude Law plays the doctor treating depressive Rooney Mara (the "Girl" in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), whose Wall Street trader husband (Channing Tatum) has recently returned home after a spell in prison for insider dealing. The couple's reunion should be a happy event, but instead it marks the beginning of a descent into madness for Mara, partly as a result of the medication prescribed to her by Law on the advice of a fellow doctor (a stern Catherine Zeta-Jones). Mara's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic under the drug's influence, but when events take a more tragic turn, Law cannot accept that he, too, might be at fault. Soderbergh highlights the flaws of psychiatry and the fatal self-absorption of the doctor/patient relationship in an intelligently crafted story, which is briskly paced and highly suspenseful - until a crude and puerile payoff in the third act. A tease, on many levels.

Plot Summary

A psychiatrist prescribes an experimental new drug to a patient suffering from depression, which seems to miraculously resolve her psychological problems. However, it also results in sleepwalking and disturbing personality changes, with consequences that could destroy the doctor's life. Steven Soderbergh's thriller, starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Cast and crew


Dr Jonathan Banks
Jude Law
Emily Taylor
Rooney Mara
Dr Victoria Siebert
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Martin Taylor
Channing Tatum
Deidre Banks
Vinessa Shaw
Carl Millbank
David Costabile
Eileen Spicer
Polly Draper
Vladami Versailles
Michelle Vergara Moore


Steven Soderbergh

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Mar 2013
Certificate 15
Entertainment One UK