Something admittedly slimy, but quite satisfying.
A light, bright way to momentarily escape the fast lane.
Mamet's numerous barbs directed at Hollywood and the whole film industry are, for the most part, well-placed, and his dialogue is as snappy as ever.
State and Main might be the perfect David Mamet movie for people who don't like David Mamet movies. The nice thing about it, though, is that it won't disappoint the rest of us.
A great film about making bad movies.
Though Mamet is definitely the real star of the film, his actors rise to the challenge of his genius.
State and Main is a mixed bag.
A pleasant enough entertainment -- packed with star power -- that hasn't the teeth to achieve true satire.
An amusing trifle.
State and Main is so entertaining and, yes, fun.
A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.
As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.
Mamet has an unrivaled ear for dialogue.
Cynics, people say, know the price of everything and the value of nothing. But boy, can they be funny.
State and Main offers much whimsical pleasure, even if it's too loosely constructed to be deemed an unbridled comic masterpiece.
| Original Score: 8/10
A pleasingly literate construct of sight gags and wordplay.
Classic screwball fare.
Has the hermetic, vacuum packed atmosphere of all the films that David Mamet has directed, yet cleverness, heightened to a pitch of acid tongued amorality, is both its flavor and its meaning.
| Original Score: B+
In this age when dumb, broad, easy-to-market comedy continues to rule, Mr. Mamet's literary wit is always welcome.