State of Play - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

State of Play Reviews

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 22, 2009
Represents mainstream Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 21, 2009
An engrossing tale with fine performances and is at its most enjoyable without too much plot analysis
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 10, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 9, 2009
a vivid and provocative excursion into the juxtaposition of ideals and the profit motive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Kit Bowen
The Movie Kit
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.
Dan Lybarger
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 1, 2009
...a rather conventional political thriller with a terrific cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 30, 2009
I almost loved STATE OF PLAY
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
April 29, 2009
When the newspaper thriller's obituary is written, State of Play may well be cited as the genre's last gasp.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Stephen Silver
The Trend
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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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