The Rules of Attraction
The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Set in an affluent New England liberal arts college in the 1980's, an emerging sexual triangle emerges between Sean Bateman, who deals drugs on the side, Paul Owen, who's bisexual, and Paul's ex-girlfriend, Lauren.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
43%
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User Score
71%



Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tiresome movie about unsympathetic college kids engaging in self-destructive behaviors.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Actually I quite enjoyed the movie--but how do I get rid of this awful discharge?

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The nonstop artifice ultimately proves tiresome, with the surface histrionics failing to compensate for the paper-thin characterizations and facile situations.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not for kids, and not for many adults, either.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The leads and their accomplices look dead glam, but it's never clear whether their vacuity is a deliberate strategy. Certainly Avary's style seems all for instant gratification.

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The bulk of Rules comes off like a cool-hand poser's at the wheel.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Will either fascinate or infuriate you, sometimes within the same moment--and it's difficult imagining the film working any better if it did not.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

When a movie is described by some critics as morally repellent and by others as innovative and brilliant, it means at the very least that it's controversial and touching a nerve in the collective consciousness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Yup, that's pretty much how i remember college, AFU brook - class of '87
Alice Shen
After watching this, I wanted to shave off my skin, blow my own brains out, then sit in a cold shower hugging my knees. James Van Der Beek is delightfully… More
Melvin White
Paul Denton: I feel like my life lacks forward momentum, ya know. "There Are No Rules" The Rules of Attraction was a very disappointing movie for… More
Jim Hunter
Three college students navigate the perils of courtship all the while not realizing their own shallow natures and inability to understand that their methods are… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Despite the great soundtrack, decent performances and expert direction, this drama feels a bit sterile, depicting with clever irony the moral decline of our… More
Steven Carrier
"The Rules of Attraction", written for the screen and directed by "Pulp Fiction" co-writer Roger Avery and based off Bret Easton Ellis'… More

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