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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Boy meets girl. Boy shacks up with girl. Boy almost marries girl. Girl loses interest in boy. Boy loses girl.Boy and girl lose audience.
| Original Score: 1/5
[The two main characters] are in all honesty the least sympathetic and most egregiously boring romantic pair that I've seen onscreen in ages.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Hawke has some strong and worthwhile thoughts about love and relationships, but as a director, he's just not skilled enough to make his novel work as a movie.
| Original Score: 5/10
If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover.
The film is perfectly fine indie fare, but the plot and the characters seem a little more self-indulgently autobiographical than compelling.
Listen, if you're not predisposed to untrained method actors exploiting their worst instincts, State is going to feel like a thunderstorm of hot razor blades raining down on your soft pink senses from frame one.
| Original Score: D-
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.
What's apparently deeply personal for Hawke winds up deeply torturous for the audience.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Hawke's film, based on the novel he wrote a decade ago, should come with a warning that it may cause bruising from heavy-handed dialogue.
Hawke telegraphs the banal, delusional, pretentious aspects of being 21 and in love too well, and without fully transforming them into something of substance.
Hawke does some nice things with the camera -- the film has style -- but what it doesn't have is the essential thing you need in a drama. Namely, drama.
Hawke, though, who is very good as the young man's estranged father, had best stick to what he does best.
Buy the CD and skip the movie.
Not the hottest movie.
...sporadically effective but mostly overwrought...
As soon as the credits start rolling, you can't wait to get out.
The film is best appreciated as a meditation on celebrity psychology.
Kudos to Ethan Hawke for giving Moreno her first starring role after her Academy Award nominated performance in Maria Full of Grace.
| Original Score: 2.5/5