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The Rules of Attraction
Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel about the sexual, emotional, and chemical interactions of a group of wealthy and amoral college students is brought to the screen in this adaptation from writer and director Roger Avery. Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) is a student at Camden College, a well-respected private school on the East Coast. Sean is attracted to Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon), a high minded and seemingly unapproachable coed, while Lauren is infatuated with Victor (Kip Pardue), a handsome but self-centered ladies' man. Lauren's empty-headed roommate, Lara (Jessica… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"Actually I quite enjoyed the movie--but how do I get rid of this awful discharge?"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The nonstop artifice ultimately proves tiresome, with the surface histrionics failing to compensate for the paper-thin characterizations and facile situations."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Not for kids, and not for many adults, either."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Un film corrosif mettant sans dessus dessous tous les points qu'il aborde."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Atuações surpreendemente eficazes, uma trilha sonora espetacular, um roteiro inteligente e ácido e a direção intensa de Avary criam um filme absolutamente imperdível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The bulk of Rules comes off like a cool-hand poser's at the wheel."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Itâ(TM)s comedy with consequence, shenanigans rooted in an ugly reality."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Avary's style is sure to turn off many viewers, while others will find his inventive filmmaking exhilarating."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Maybe it's writer/director Roger Avary's approach. He has taken the source material too seriously, and presented it almost at face value."
‑ , Film Threat
"The opening moments culminate with a drunken date rape during which the rapist vomits on the back of his victim. It doesn't really improve from there."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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