• PG-13, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ethan Hawke
    In Theaters:
    Jun 27, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 4, 2007
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The Hottest State Reviews

Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 22, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Everything we see is tinted by a rose-colored self-fondness, down to the perfectly mussed bedheads, the unusually capacious apartments, the lousy bar music that's supposed to be really good.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

September 22, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 21, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out.

September 18, 2007
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As a director Ethan Hawke has learned a great deal from his mentor, Richard Linklater.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 7, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Buy the CD and skip the movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 7, 2007
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Director] Hawke's sincerity - especially in his terrific new film, The Hottest State -- is also his saving grace.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2007
Scott Schueller
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 6, 2007
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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If the words ''based on a semiautobiographical first novel'' don't send chills up your spine, how about ''adapted for the screen and directed by the author''?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

August 29, 2007
Dana Stevens
Slate
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As soon as the credits start rolling, you can't wait to get out.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 24, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film is best appreciated as a meditation on celebrity psychology.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Linda Stasi
New York Post
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As a bonus it's got the best soundtrack of any movie this year. Hawke, who is the first cousin once removed of Tennesee Williams, proves himself to have a good eye for the small world of big love.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Hawke, though, who is very good as the young man's estranged father, had best stick to what he does best.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Ethan Hawke's earnest, talky film The Hottest State, which he adapted from his own semi-autobiographical 1997 novel, doggedly peels away the gloss to dive into the emotional swamp where two young people get lost in each other.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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At times this indie is as repetitive and self-indulgent as its protagonist, but it captures a bit of the madness of being unrequitedly in love.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

August 23, 2007
John Anderson
Newsday
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Hawke has made this movie his way and the result is a story that is by turns romantic and disquieting.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2007
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Hawke quite capably taps into the bittersweet complexities of young, love-struck idiocy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 21, 2007
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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The Hottest State takes a good deal of time to heat up and fails to generate much more than a lukewarm empathy for its petulant main characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 1, 2007
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Lacking depth or anything that's actually funny or sad, and with lead performers who are given more responsibility for the success of the film than they can handle, the film will be a tough sell.

September 13, 2006
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