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State and Main Reviews

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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
June 6, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 12, 2001
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.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 12, 2001
An amusing trifle.
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
January 12, 2001
A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 12, 2001
As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2001
Mamet has an unrivaled ear for dialogue.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 11, 2001
In this age when dumb, broad, easy-to-market comedy continues to rule, Mr. Mamet's literary wit is always welcome.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 11, 2001
Mamet lite, but still a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 22, 2000
A frequently hilarious film.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 22, 2000
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
When Mamet's new movie sticks to depicting the contagious amorality spread by the movie business, it's darkly dirty fun.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 22, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 22, 2000
One of the year's smartest and funniest films.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 22, 2000
There are fresher wisecracks packed in State and Main than in just about any high-concept Hollywood comedy of recent vintage.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2000
A film of unexpected warmth and geniality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2000
Lays to rest any doubt about whether Mamet can write funny. He can.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2000
Hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 22, 2000
Mamet gets about halfway to great screwball comedy before the picture runs out of steam.
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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
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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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2000
A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 21, 2000
A crackling ensemble comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 21, 2000
A Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
December 21, 2000
A film that is laugh out loud funny and dinner-conversation smart.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2000
It's highly watchable, and, at times, humorously compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4