After many fake-outs, Steven Soderbergh’s “last” film, “Side Effects,” hits theaters this Friday.
The film stars Rooney Mara as a pill-popping lady, coping with her husband’s impending release from prison. Catherine Zeta Jones as well as Soderbergh’s faves — Channing Tatum and Jude Law — round out the cast.
But if you think laughter is the best medicine (yuck, yuck!), the new comedy “Identity Thief” is also opening this weekend. Reteaming with his “Horrible Bosses” helmer Seth Gordon, Jason Bateman plays a man whose identity has been stolen by a frosted-hair shop-a-holic, played by Melissa McCarthy.
Before you make your selection at the cinema this weekend, take a look at what the critics are saying about these two new flicks.
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Rene Rodriguez (Miami Herald)
The main thing to keep in mind while watching Steven Soderbergh’s playful new thriller is not to take the movie too seriously <a href=”http://www.miami.com/039side-effects039-r-article”>or else you’ll feel betrayed by the end</a>.
Peter Rainer (Christian Science Monitor)
Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns maintain a tone of taut creepiness, <a href=”http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2013/0208/Side-Effects-is-a-middling-effort-from-director-Steven-Soderbergh”>but the plot’s double and triple crosses are more ingenious than believable</a>.
Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine)
“Side Effects” virtually demands a three-word review: <a href=”http://entertainment.time.com/2013/02/08/side-effects-one-pill-makes-you-murder/”>Just see it</a>.
Steven Rea (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Sex, lies, <a href=”http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/movies/20130208_Sometimes__the_cure_is_a_real_killer.html”>and violence</a>.
Justin Craig (FoxNews.com)
If we are to believe “Side Effects” is Steven Soderbergh’s final theatrical film before his retirement from movies, <a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/02/08/ide-effects-review-electrifying-satisfying-film/”>then he couldn’t have gone out on a more electrifying film</a>.
Dana Stevens (Slate)
Thanks to McCarthy’s abundant comic gifts and those of her equally ill-served straight man Jason Bateman, “Identity Thief” doesn’t leave nearly as icky a taste as it could have, <a href=”http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2013/02/melissa_mccarthy_in_identity_thief_reviewed.html”>but Gordon only taps into a fraction of his actors’ potential</a>.
Christy Lemire (Associated Press)
“Identity Thief” strands these two ordinarily enjoyable comics in the <a href=”http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/2013/02/07/review-identity-thief-has-charge/jrSVGjfPdVHLrqugey6CDO/story.html”>middle of nowhere with no help for miles</a>.
Andrew O’Hehir (Salon.com)
Considering that it starts out with two distinctive and likable stars and a reasonably promising premise, <a href=”http://www.salon.com/2013/02/08/identity_thief_stole_my_brain_and_now_i_hate_everything/”>”Identity Thief” reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy</a>.
Rene Rodriguez (Miami Herald)
“Identity Thief” apparently forgets <a href=”http://www.miami.com/039indentity-thief039-r-article”>it was supposed to be a comedy</a>.
J. R. Jones (Chicago Reader)
[Identity Thief] exhausts most of the comic potential from identity theft in the first 20 minutes and <a href=”http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/identity-thief/Film?oid=8563406″>then turns into a solid but unexceptional road picture</a>.