• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Mamet
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2001
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State and Main Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

retains a lightheartedness that pokes fun at the film industry and gives some memorable performances

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

June 20, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Intriguing characters, good movie for older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Nick Rogers

David Mamet, that president emeritus of hard-consonant profanity, often seems as comfortable with softer stuff as a man wearing wool in July. But this on-the-nose Hollywood satire played like Preston Sturges absolved of Production-Code limitations.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2010
Michael Dequina

One giant testimony to unmet potential.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 15, 2010
Tony Macklin
Las Vegas CityLife

David Mamet tones it down a second time in the relaxed State and Main.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 2, 2009
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

...a fine comedy that represents grown-up moviemaking at its very best.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews


Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2003
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Mamet's most easy going and fun-loving film to date.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2003
Ron Wells
Film Threat

[State and Main] has been heralded as the second coming of Preston Sturges. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any of that comedic master's films ever revolving around a statutory rape charge.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In the end, State and Main is little more than a pleasant diversion, but it is one that is accomplished with a degree of wit and grace and a healthy respect for its putative audience.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

October 30, 2002
John Venable

...without a doubt one of the most well written scripts in the past few years.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com

June 28, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Those who read the tabloids regularly will enjoy speculating about which real-life personalities Mamet may have provided the inspiration for these daffy characters.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 10, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The well-spoken scumbags are still there, but now they're funny.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2002

This is exactly the kind of intellectual in-joke movie that a few people will adore with all their hearts, and a zillion people will go, "ehhh."

Full Review | Original Score: 3

June 14, 2001
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World

It's a treat to see a movie that rewards its viewers for paying attention.

Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 1, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Funny, satirical, and touching

| Original Score: 4/4

February 27, 2001
David Keyes

...manages to be one of the most brilliant films of 2000: a satirical, edgy and sweet comedy in which every person, detail and camera shot is of complete significance.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 4/4

February 7, 2001
Carlo Cavagna

Mamet loves the interplay of words, rife with sharp exchanges and ready witticisms

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: B

February 7, 2001
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

Devilishly wicked if occasionally slight, Mamet's third film in as many years, is, alas, one of his weakest (but still strong compared with the rest of the holiday film pack).

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 7, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 6, 2001
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