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The Rules of Attraction Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is no entry portal in The Rules of Attraction, and I spent most of the movie feeling depressed by the shallow, selfish, greedy characters. I wanted to be at another party.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Some of its parts are nifty, but the sum of these parts is nothing.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    At times darkly funny and at other times depressingly tragic. It's safe to say there aren't any movies out there quite like this one.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The cast is a pitch-perfect assemblage of pretty young things, but James Van Der Beek, as a slit-eyed dorm stud, proves that he can be an actor of cruel force.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains many elements that they wouldn't want their kids to see. The first scene alone of a horribly demeaning date-rape is followed by a nonstop montage designed to shock the most jaded of college party kids, let alone their parents. Sex is pervasive, casual and often described in excruciating detail. Drugs are ubiquitous and feature no downsides beyond the occasional bloody nose or fight with a dealer. Alcohol is more prevalent than soda. The bathtub suicide of one of the minor characters is so devoid of emotion that the laying out of the razor blade is as casual as removing one's rings.

  • Families can talk about why some people rely upon drugs as a crutch and be sure to discuss the film's bleak portrayal of adult drug use as well as that of the college kids. Other issues to be discussed include the connection or lack of connection between the characters and the consequences of the choices we make.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Peril and brief, explicit violence, graphic suicide scene.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Extremely graphic and explicit sexual situations.

  • language false4

    Language: Extremely strong and abusive language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Extreme alcohol and drug abuse.

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