By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:54 AM EDT

The Rules of Attraction

B+
type
  • Movie

Episode Recaps

Roger Avary’s floridly startling adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1987 novel brings the author’s glibly corrosive vision of elite college thrill seekers to life in a way that can’t be dismissed. Avary plots out every scene with voyeuristic ingenuity, using split screen and reverse motion to create a world in which time is racing forward yet standing still: the eternal present tense of days and nights lived in the zombie pleasure zone. James Van Der Beek, as a slit-eyed dorm stud, proves that he can be an actor of cruel force.

The Rules of Attraction

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 110 minutes
director
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