Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” proves that it’s a terrible idea to try to wake a sleepwalker, especially when she has a knife. Rooney Mara plays Emily, a depressed young woman who apparently commits murder while on a new medication. The problem with “Side Effects” is that while it’s posed as a psychological thriller, there is never any real sense of mystery. Worse, the stakes are never high enough for us to care. Mara eventually delivers an intriguing and complex performance, though she seems inexplicably exhausted in the early scenes, while Catherine Zeta–Jones’ shady pshychologist is instantly betrayed by her devilishly arched eyebrows. Grinning with gotcha moments and moving at a surprisingly relaxed pace, “Side Effects” is a good, but flawed, movie.
Our Grade: B
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