you're reading...
Drama - Court Room

Side Effects (2013)

Elevator Pitch.

A psychiatrist perscribes a contoversial anti-depressant to a young woman who appears to have suicidal tendencies, which intensify after her financier husband is released from jail. The drug improves her life and that of her husband, but it appears that she sleepwalks, and during one such event stabs him to death. The police investigate and the detective in charge points out to the psychiatrist that either she is a murderer or he has failed in his duty to oversee her case. It seems to be the latter as his life falls apart, but is it?


A number of intense scenes as the woman appears to be attempting to kill herself, then the killing of the husband, foreshadowed in the introduction. The court case, where the psychiatrist gives evidence and numerous face to face meetings between the two. Then a variety of events including meetings with the wife’s previous shrink, a woman. The husband and wife have sex with different levels of enthusiasm and related nudity. Some drinking, no drug taking except the one causing the controvosy.

A View A well constructed film with a variety of twists, all of them shocking or surprising. Well liked by the critics, gaining 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. I thought the acting was effective, particularly that of Rooney Mara. You could not imagine any of the other ladies suggested for the part of Emily doing so well. A watch if you like twists in the tail (or is it the tale).
Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Steven Soderbergh
Writers/Script Scott Z. Burns
Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Ann  Dowd, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Additional Info As is his custom, Stephen Soderbergh was both the cinematographer and editor as well as director, and claimed that this was to be his last film as director. We now know that this was not to be.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



  1. Pingback: My Cousin Vinny (1992) | A MOTION PICTURE LIST - January 3, 2022

  2. Pingback: A Few Good Men (1992) | A MOTION PICTURE LIST - January 27, 2022

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: