State and Main Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 21, 2000
The execution of these amusing ideas falls flat with too much going on with too many characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 21, 2000
Has the appearance of a film that was a lot more fun to make than it is to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2000
Mamet's movie has its moments of wit and warmth, but here he's mostly behind, not ahead of, the curve.
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 22, 2000
A surprisingly unpolished piece of work that plays as though it were written for the stage and only slightly modified for the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
December 12, 2000
Resembles the cinema-obsessed work regularly generated by naive film school graduates.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 21, 2000
A Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.
Dave Kehr
Citysearch
December 21, 2000
Has some very funny moments but doesn't hit the mark, largely because its notions of Hollywood seem either dated or false.
Top Critic
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
December 21, 2000
For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.
Top Critic
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 22, 2000
Mamet gets about halfway to great screwball comedy before the picture runs out of steam.
Dave White
IFilm
December 22, 2000
Why is it only sort of amusing instead of side-splitting?
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
December 22, 2000
The usually sharp-penned playwright slums it, giving us a pedestrian culture-clash comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 12, 2001
State and Main is a mixed bag.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 15, 2010
One giant testimony to unmet potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Hollywood.com
July 26, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
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+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
It's Mamet in a lighthearted mood, playing with dialogue, repeating phrases just because he likes them, and supplying us with a closing line that achieves, I think, a kind of greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2000
It's highly watchable, and, at times, humorously compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 7, 2001
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 7, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Boris Trbic
Senses of Cinema
June 25, 2001
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Top Critic
Eddie Cockrell
Variety
June 6, 2008

National Post
January 1, 2000

News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
February 7, 2001
Top Critic

Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001

Movieline
April 16, 2001

Irish Times
September 7, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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