Films: Steven Soderbergh

Unsane

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
  • UK release: 23 March 2018

Sawyer (Foy) is a financial analyst who was haunted by a stalker. She is duped into being committed into a mental hospital and becomes convinced that her former tormentor is a nurse. High-strung, grimy, claustrophobic B-pic from Soderbergh, shot on an iPhone 7 Plus, with a revelatory performance from Foy as the troubled…

Logan Lucky

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Daniel Craig
  • UK release: 25 August 2017

Jimmy (Tatum), his brother Clyde (Driver) and sister Mellie (Keough) enlist the help of redneck jailbird and explosives expert Joe Bang (Craig) to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Soderbergh’s latest comedy heist movie is perhaps his best, with a great cast, a satisfying plot and witty dialogue.

Behind the Candelabra

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe
  • UK release: 14 June 2013

Soderbergh goes for his sabbatical on a high, with this sparkling account of the relationship between flamboyant pianist Liberace (Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Damon). The two leads are outstanding, and with wonderful cameos from Lowe, Reynolds and Aykroyd it's a surprisingly tender and poignant film.

Side Effects

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law
  • UK release: 8 March 2013

Announcing early retirement, Side Effects could be well be Soderbergh's last film. This thriller set in the world of prescription medicines boasts a fine cast, an authentic milieu and a script that flirts with the experimental. But it also underwhelms in the crucial final third.

Magic Mike Double Bill

  • 2012/2015
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh/Greg Jacobs
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer,

A double bill of male stripper drama.

Magic Mike

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Reid Carolin
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn
  • UK release: 11 July 2012

Portrayed as boisterous soft porn for the hen night market, this comedy from Stephen Soderbergh in which a young stripper is shown the ropes by a more experienced colleague is an insightful and smart exploration of male friendship. A conventional Hollywood plot but Tatum and McConaughey ooze charisma.

Haywire

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Lem Dobbs
  • Cast: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Angarano, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas
  • UK release: 20 January 2012

When a black ops soldier is double crossed, she must use all her skills to escape an international manhunt and protect her family.

Contagion

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US / UAE
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Scott Z Burns
  • Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston
  • UK release: 21 October 2011

Soderbergh revives the type of all-star disaster movie last seen in the 1970s with this sober account of a deadly virus which threatens the world's population. It lacks any central heart or focus, focusing on the bigger picture rather than clichéd dramatics.

And Everything Is Going Fine

  • 2010
  • USA
  • 1h 29min
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh pays tribute to the legendary writer and performer Spalding Gray. From the first time he performed Swimming to Cambodia – the one-man account of his experience of making the 1984 film The Killing Fields – Spalding Gray made the art of the monologue his own. Drawing unstintingly on the most intimate…

The Girlfriend Experience

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
  • Cast: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Glenn Kenny, Peter Zizzo

Soderbergh's low-budget drama about a high-class hooker in New York who offers her clients the titular relationship facsimile. Hard-core porn star Grey plays Chelsea, a 21-year-old professional who keeps a careful record of her clients and the services she provides them. Low-key styling combined with a plot-lite script…

The Informant!

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Scott Z Burns
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Tom Papa

Soderbergh comes across as something of a conceptual show-off with this stranger-than-fiction biopic about a whistle-blower who's more than a little implicated in the scandal he tries to uncover. Intent on capturing the look and feel of a 1970s caper flick (and he succeeds), the director has sadly managed to forget…

Che: Part One

  • 2008
  • Spain / France / US
  • 2h 14min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Peter Buchman, Benjamin A van der Veen
  • Cast: Benicio del Toro, Franka Potente, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond

Part one of Soderbergh's structurally magnificent 'film diptych' about Che Guevara (Del Toro) unfolds in a non-linear fashion. This biopic details his life as a collection of incidents rather than a coherent whole with three events are used to highlight Che's philosophy - his initial meeting with Fidel Castro; the…

Che: Part Two

  • 2008
  • Spain / France / US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Peter Buchman, Benjamin A van der Veen
  • Cast: Benicio del Toro, Franka Potente, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond

Che Guevara's final fatal campaign in Bolivia gets bold and bleak treatment in the second part of Steven Soderbergh's extraordinarily bio-historical epic about the ultimate revolutionary. A rigorous day-to-day account of a guerilla campaign, Soderbergh eschews the giddy jigsaw puzzle structure and collectivist optimism of…

Ocean's Thirteen

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
  • Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy García, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Izzard, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould

Soderbergh, with a knowing wink, takes a safe bet in returning with this heist franchise. Danny Ocean (Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Pitt) round up the gang against dastardly new casino owner Willy Banks (Pacino). Though comfy and often irritating, in parts it is very funny and the action set pieces are excellent.

Eros

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • US / China / Italy
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Cast: Christopher Buchholz, Li Gong, Alan Arkin, Robert Downey Jr

Three internationally feted directors each contribute to a trilogy of half hour films about erotic love: 'The Hand', 'Equilibrium' and 'The Dangerous Thread of Things'. An enticing prospect, but this portmanteau project veers from the sublime to the ridiculous, with Antonioni's effort an excruciating embarrassment.

The Good German

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire

An adaptation of Joseph Kanon's murder mystery novel set in Berlin at the end of WWII in the classic film noir style. Revolving around three main characters: a guileless US war correspondent, an opportunistic black marketer and an opaque German prostitute, the storytelling styles, anachronistic elements and performances…

Ocean's Twelve

  • 2004
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy García, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts

Solaris

  • 2003
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur

This truncated, but still very effective, new version of the novel by Stanislaw Lem demonstrates the enormous versatility of Steven Soderbergh. His screenplay compresses the first hour of Tarkovsky's 1972 film into ten minutes, sending psychologist Kelvin (George Clooney in tremendous form) off to the troubled space…

Ocean's Eleven

  • 2001
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy García, Julia Roberts

Off the cuff is the operative term for Steven Soderbergh's remake of the Las Vegas casino heist thriller that Frankie and Dino and their Rat Pack had so much fun making back in 1960. But where the Rat Pack rascals used the original film as an excuse to run riot in their adopted home city, Soderbergh, screenwriter Ted…

Erin Brockovich

  • 4 stars
  • 2000
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Susannah Grant
  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Unemployed single mother Erin (Roberts) shoehorns her way into a filing clerk position with Finney's California law firm, where she accidentally uncovers a conspiracy leading to the largest direct action lawsuit in American history. Based on a true story and with Soderbergh and Roberts on faultless form, it proves that…

The Limey

  • 1999
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán

A recently paroled British criminal travels to Los Angels to investigate the suspicious death of his daughter, and seek revenge on the culprits.