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Stateside (2004)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 16

An inept drama that rings false.



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Directed by Reverge Anselmo, Stateside revolves around the unique love story of two very different teens -- namely, the rich but lonely Mark Deloach (Jonathan Tucker) and Dori Lawrence (Rachael Leigh Cook), a schizophrenic singer and actress -- whose lives spiral out of control in separate but nonetheless connective ways. After Mark's prank on a local girl (Agnes Bruckner) results in a deadly drunk-driving accident, and Dori's mental health continues to deteriorate, Mark is forcibly sent to the


Drama, Romance

Reverge Anselmo

Oct 12, 2004


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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (35) | DVD (2)

The lovers' nonexistent chemistry doesn't generate enough heat to light a match.

May 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It felt authentic ...

May 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Turns out to be not so much a movie about a Kwazy Person as it is about a Stoopid Person.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's so unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A genuinely affecting love story told without a trace of affect.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Newsday
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A ludicrous indie romance.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Well-acted but ultimately bland...

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Stateside has some lopsided storytelling techniques, but emotionally it will get you home.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Simples e sensível, o filme traz uma atuação estupenda de Rachael Leigh Cook.

July 31, 2004
Cinema em Cena

With a better cast than it deserves and a script from which it deserved better, the film is pleasant where it should be rowdy, quaint where it should be refreshing, and altogether far less daring than it thinks it is.

June 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's as though the actors showed up on the set, picked their lines out of a hat, than spoke them in no particluar order.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

[L]ike scenes cut from another, far better film...

May 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Everything an independent film should be: daring, experimental, character-driven and thoroughly entertaining.

May 23, 2004 Full Review Source:

Suffers from a lack of narrative cohesion.

May 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film is a head-on collision of spare parts from different genres, none of which work separately or as a collective whole.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

The two leads don't have any chemistry, especially the flat, emotionless Tucker.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

[Stateside] is freighted with far more serious issues than most movies of its kind but neglects or glosses over most of them.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Stateside

Ok romance-drama about two crazy teens [one of them is literally crazy] who fall in love while one is in the Marine Corp. I must say that some of the dialogue between the two main characters was very weird but beautifully poetic in a way.Perhaps this film brought out the sappiness in me. Good performances by Jonathan Tucker, Rachel Leigh Cook [especially], Agnes Bruckner, Val Kilmer, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley Jr., and Diane Venora. Overall it's somewhat entertaining and worth a watch despite it not being particularly good.
September 17, 2010

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Great movie! Top performance by Rachael Leigh Cook. Interesting story plot. Great music.
January 28, 2008
Leo L

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    1. Staff Sgt. Skeer: You are here because you could not be trained to become men by the mothers of America.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Mark Deloach: What kind of mother puts her daughter in a state asylum?
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
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