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The Rules of Attraction

HD   R Closed Captioning

Roger Avary

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About the Movie

Forget everything you thought you knew about higher education.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 137
  • Fresh: 59
  • Rotten: 78
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Ellis' satire, filtered through Avary's harsh lens, is hard to stomach, harder to ignore. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 14, 2007

Rotten: Why this film was made now is a puzzler, but here's a theory: It lets a couple of WB stars be naughty. – Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 19, 2002

Rotten: Interminably bleak, to say nothing of boring. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

1 of the Best u Never Saw

This is one of the best films you've probably never seen. It's feels like a 90s film like "Can't Hardly Wait." The acting feels very real and the teenage angst feels authentic and hormonal. Ian Somerhalder does an impeccable job playing a gay college students trying to find someone to be romantic with. James Vanderbeek plays the role of an over drug college students who is typical in America and is dead inside and numb to the worlds yet trying to find meaning. Many things happen in the film and it feels like more than two hours yet goes by fast because so many different things happened and the film ends abruptly. I think anyone who loves 90s or early 2000s films and loves seeing college life play out would enjoy this picture. Ian Somerhalder really steals the show with his storyline.

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