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Stateside Reviews

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 27, 2004
The lovers' nonexistent chemistry doesn't generate enough heat to light a match.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2004
It felt authentic ...
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 22, 2004
Turns out to be not so much a movie about a Kwazy Person as it is about a Stoopid Person.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 22, 2004
It's so unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 21, 2004
A genuinely affecting love story told without a trace of affect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 21, 2004
A ludicrous indie romance.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 21, 2004
Plays like a movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 21, 2004
Writer-director Reverge Anselmo handles sensitive issues not with kid gloves, but with a metaphorical baseball mitt, fumbling with tone and obviously laboring to force quirks upon characters and situations.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2004
The film manages to hit all the emotional beats, but most land with a resounding thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 21, 2004
Though much of the movie feels as undeveloped as Mark is, it manages to end the way any decent love story must -- on a sweet, touching note that makes us want to forgive the unsteadiness along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2004
A diluted, scattered drama -- less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2004
Stateside plays like urgent ideas for a movie which Anselmo needed to make, but they're still in note form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2004
This muddled drama begins as a high school soap opera, segues into a boys-to-men military drama and peters out as a feeble answer to Girl, Interrupted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 20, 2004
Although based on a true story, it never establishes its own identity, often playing like warmed-over J.D. Salinger.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 20, 2004
Mexican writer-director, Reverge Anselmo, is clueless about how to make any of it believable, cogent or even remotely interesting.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 20, 2004
Anselmo, basing his script on a true story, juggles more plots than a full season of The O.C., setting his cast adrift in a sea of soap-opera bubbles.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
May 20, 2004
[Anselmo's] sure-footed handling of emotional tone enables his endearing young leads to function in a sympathetic and coherent realm.
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May 20, 2004
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 19, 2004
Contrived and emotionally incomplete, and strained further by self-consciously cockeyed dialogue.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 19, 2004
The way that all of this plays out is so unconvincing that I felt as if I was watching a lost Project Greenlight movie in which half the key scenes, after testing into the basement, had been chucked at the last minute.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 18, 2004
Stateside's real-life frame allows the complexities of mental illness and military service to lose dramatic tension, resulting in a desultory home stretch.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 7, 2004
The promise of something startling and compelling goes unfulfilled, and the arc of the central love story isn't interesting enough to sustain the drama.