Side Effects
Side Effects (2005)

Side Effects, a semi-autobiographical comedy by neophyte writer-director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, stars Katherine Heigl (My Father the Hero, The Ringer) as Karly Hert, an employee for a major pharmaceutical house, who deeply values her… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

A bad movie on a vital topic.

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Luke Y. Thompson
Los Angeles CityBeat

of all the people affected by big drug company scams, do we really care about the ethical dilemmas faced by gorgeous salespeople?

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E! Online

This scrappy look at the pharmaceutical industry is a hard pill to swallow.

Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

While Slattery-Moschkau is obviously coming from a very earnest place -- a card before the final credits compares the annual budget for the pharmaceutical industry to that of her own film -- it doesn't make the overall effort any less clumsy.

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Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is an agitprop effort to get viewers to think about the side effects of one industry's profit motive and how that affects consumers.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

The material is all there to be a scathing, timely commentary on the pharmaceutical industry - when presented this way, it's a watered down version of the truth.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's when the film loses the laughs and turns into a heavy-handed melodrama in the third act that the film sputters.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

With enough material for a nice short, Side Effects is stretched past the breaking point at ninety-nine minutes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I don't think this would be for everyone. It is kind of slow, and anyone expecting a usual Katherine Heigl chick flick type movie will be sorely… More