The Hottest State Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Breaking up is hard to do. So is making a movie about it. Ethan Hawke, in his adaptation of his own novel, doesn't try very hard. Or maybe he tries too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover.
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 26, 2008
The film is perfectly fine indie fare, but the plot and the characters seem a little more self-indulgently autobiographical than compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
December 4, 2007
Though there are some nutty and offbeat moments in The Hottest State, these young characters fail to generate any chemistry or 'heated state,' despite their tender years and simmering hormones.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 8, 2007
What's apparently deeply personal for Hawke winds up deeply torturous for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Moody relationship drama is best for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2007
Not the hottest movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 22, 2007
This is a beautifully made, involving film, but it would have been so much stronger with a bit of careful editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 21, 2007
The movie is crisply shot and obviously heartfelt, but search elsewhere if you want the same honesty Hawke displayed as an actor in 1995's Before Sunrise and its 2004 sequel Before Sunset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 21, 2007
The Hottest State lacks heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007
[The two main characters] are in all honesty the least sympathetic and most egregiously boring romantic pair that I've seen onscreen in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2007
It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 14, 2007
The passionate Mexican interlude, the Shakespearean pleas to yonder windows, and the naive, earnest pillow talk all melt into one self-indulgent, faux-hipstery soup.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 13, 2007
It's nothing new, but [writer/director Ethan] Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2007
The main point I can extract from Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State is that even a peevish and self-centered young man is capable of feeling great anguish when his girlfriend dumps him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
Will the world be different, or their lives irrevocably changed, if they break up? I don't think so. Their tree falls in the forest, and nobody cares except the termites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2007
As a director Ethan Hawke has learned a great deal from his mentor, Richard Linklater.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 7, 2007
Buy the CD and skip the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 6, 2007
The dialogue comes off as too carefully planned and too precious, and Webber's overly physical performance doesn't seem to match the character's insecurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2007
[Director] Hawke's sincerity - especially in his terrific new film, The Hottest State -- is also his saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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