| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: B-
Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
An amusing trifle.
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.
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.
Mamet lite, but still a lot of fun.
A frequently hilarious film.
There's not much here that would surprise any knowledgeable observer, but Mamet presents it with such brio and simmering rage that the movie has the sting of anger in almost every scene.
When Mamet's new movie sticks to depicting the contagious amorality spread by the movie business, it's darkly dirty fun.
A finely tuned satire of the insane Hollywood modus operandi, heightened by farcical flourishes and grounded with the kind of reportorial integrity that distinguishes Mamet's best work.
One of the year's smartest and funniest films.
There are fresher wisecracks packed in State and Main than in just about any high-concept Hollywood comedy of recent vintage.
A film of unexpected warmth and geniality.
Lays to rest any doubt about whether Mamet can write funny. He can.
Hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
Mamet gets about halfway to great screwball comedy before the picture runs out of steam.
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.
A surprisingly unpolished piece of work that plays as though it were written for the stage and only slightly modified for the screen.
| Original Score: 2/5
A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.
A crackling ensemble comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mamet's movie has its moments of wit and warmth, but here he's mostly behind, not ahead of, the curve.
A Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.
A film that is laugh out loud funny and dinner-conversation smart.
It's highly watchable, and, at times, humorously compelling.