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State of Play Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Maybe there's even a point embedded somewhere in there, but it's anybody's guess what that would be.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's all very "ripped from the headlines" and the characters are more types than people, but at least it doesn't talk down to you. Much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 3, 2010
Journalistic ethics and the scandalous nature of politics are featured in the taut conspiracy thriller, State of Play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
At last, State Of Play is an example of a Hollywood refresh that not only stand up to the source, but builds upon it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
August 31, 2009
Smart, complex dramas constructed and performed with precision like this are too rare an offering to pass up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Quite a stew of 'relevance'
Paul Chambers
August 19, 2009
Just couldn't get enthusiastic about the twists and turns in this story of an investigative reporter on the trail of political bad guys. It just made me long for "All the President's Men."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 11, 2009
Kevin Macdonald's State of Play has, in fact, everything you need to tell a great journalist's story, except a great story.
Read More | Original Score: C-
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 3, 2009
Well played sirs. Well played
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anders Wotzke
August 1, 2009
Boasting a cracking cast and a deliciously clever script, State of Play is a polished political thriller not to be missed.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 12, 2009
Un thriller rutinario e intrascendente, que pretende hablar de temas importantes como la corrupción, la ética periodística y los abusos del corporativismo pero se queda en la superficie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2009
tate of Play is a smoothly written, almost instantly forgettable procedural featuring people we have trouble caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 31, 2009
It's really a story about the romance of newspapers and a good one - part of a tradition that goes all the way back to Ben Hecht and The Front Page. It may also mark the genre's end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 29, 2009
The film held me a fair way in, because it's well paced and the actors are competent. But finally, the plot took one or two big twists too far.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
May 29, 2009
State of Play succeeds as mainstream entertainment to the point where it hardly makes sense to complain about its pulled political punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 27, 2009
It hits the ground running, and - while never remotely innovative - manages to be unpredictable and labyrinthine enough to generally hold our attention.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 27, 2009
Newspapers may be changing, but accessible adult movies of this quality are certain to keep Hollywood alive and kicking well into this century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 27, 2009
Director Kevin Macdonald attacks the material with aggression and panache, simultaneously decrying the fading stocks of serious journalism while marking out the shadow zone where government and big business seal their dirty deals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
May 25, 2009
I suspect that "State of Play's" minor faults will be easily forgivable by audiences just looking for some adult-level dramatics before they're banished for the summer movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
May 25, 2009
It's the kind of slick showstopper that's packed with enough twists, turns and deadly tension to lead the news any day of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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