• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Mamet
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2001
  • Fine Line Features

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State and Main Reviews

Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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June 6, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Full Review Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News | Original Score: B-

February 7, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
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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
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 12, 2001
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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An amusing trifle.

January 12, 2001
Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
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A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.

January 12, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.

January 12, 2001
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mamet has an unrivaled ear for dialogue.

January 12, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2001
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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In this age when dumb, broad, easy-to-market comedy continues to rule, Mr. Mamet's literary wit is always welcome.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 11, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Mamet lite, but still a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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A frequently hilarious film.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 22, 2000
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 22, 2000
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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When Mamet's new movie sticks to depicting the contagious amorality spread by the movie business, it's darkly dirty fun.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 22, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2000
David Germain
Associated Press
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One of the year's smartest and funniest films.

December 22, 2000
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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There are fresher wisecracks packed in State and Main than in just about any high-concept Hollywood comedy of recent vintage.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 22, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A film of unexpected warmth and geniality.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Lays to rest any doubt about whether Mamet can write funny. He can.

December 22, 2000
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Hilarious and surprisingly sweet.

December 22, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Mamet gets about halfway to great screwball comedy before the picture runs out of steam.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 22, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 22, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.

December 21, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A crackling ensemble comedy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2000
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Mamet's movie has its moments of wit and warmth, but here he's mostly behind, not ahead of, the curve.

December 21, 2000
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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A Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 21, 2000
Ernest Hardy
Film.com
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A film that is laugh out loud funny and dinner-conversation smart.

December 21, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's highly watchable, and, at times, humorously compelling.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 18, 2000
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