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: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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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.

Barbara Ellen
Times (UK)

This is an exercise that is in love with its own superficiality, delighted with an emptiness that was all it ever aspired to, and yet it manages to turn into a better movie than it has any right to be.

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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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

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

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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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Michael Dequina

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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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
Carlos Magalh„es
Despite the great soundtrack, decent performances and expert direction, this film based on Bret Easton Ellis feels a bit sterile, depicting with clever irony… More
Jim Hunter
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Melvin White
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Steven Carrier
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