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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.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
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
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
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