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State of Play Reviews

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May 22, 2009
Represents mainstream Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 21, 2009
This is a well executed, compelling political thriller with plenty of relevance in today's warring world, where war to some means an opportunity to get very rich. Power and money are always an explosive combination
May 21, 2009
An engrossing tale with fine performances and is at its most enjoyable without too much plot analysis
May 15, 2009
A political thriller that eventually loses its enjoyable thriller aspects as it meanders off into propaganda for the once mighty newspaper biz.
May 11, 2009
It doesn't have anything particularly profound to say, but its old-fashioned virtues make its depictions of dark dealings along the Potomac feel all too possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2009
a vivid and provocative excursion into the juxtaposition of ideals and the profit motive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2009
The movie State of Play is equal to its brilliant source (the BBC television program aired in 2003). Until the end. Then it gets contrived and caves in. This article compares and contrasts the two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 4, 2009
Both work and play--camerawork and screenplay--elevate Kevin Macdonald's State of Play from the usual conspiracy flick into a smart thriller.
May 4, 2009
First and foremost, State of Play is a love letter to the now dying print/newspaper industry. Remember that and you'll get the gist of the film.
May 3, 2009
Scottish director Kevin Macdonald specializes in making historic or potentially dry material seem as urgent as an ambulance siren.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 1, 2009
An homage to investigative reporting with Crowe playing a likable protagonist whose methods will be seen by some as virtuously dogged and others as unequivocally unethical
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2009
Though satisfying as throwaway suspense, State of Play is framed with fondness for the American newspaper and sadness for its presumed demise.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2009
...a rather conventional political thriller with a terrific cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2009
I almost loved STATE OF PLAY
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 29, 2009
When the newspaper thriller's obituary is written, State of Play may well be cited as the genre's last gasp.
April 29, 2009
For all its success in the thriller arena, State of Play's real worth can be found in its attitude toward the newspaper industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2009
The film is ultimately sunken by a shaky and ugly handheld visual style, as well as a contrived, convoluted plot with perhaps one twist too many.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 28, 2009
State of Play is enjoyable, but this is not a great thriller. It's a cold film that has no emotional drive, no defining mood of tension or paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 28, 2009
This intelligent, gripping film, like the small-screen version, ultimately places the greater moral blame on fallible human beings rather than larger political forces. This rather weakens the denouement.
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