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State of Play Reviews

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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.
| Original Score: C-
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-
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Quite a stew of 'relevance'
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
April 17, 2009
The attempt to examine a decaying print world overrun by the sensationalist-driven blogosphere sadly gets lost in ham-fisted scenes, with Affleck decrying 'I thought you were my friend!'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 14, 2009
There is nothing we haven't seen here before in terms of chases, intrigue and betrayals, so for all its A-list cast and production values, the film comes off as routine.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2009
A meandering movie that sometimes hits dead center and sometimes misfires dismally, resulting in a drama more tangled than taut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
April 17, 2009
[A] film that has spent an hour and forty-five minutes puffing itself into a battle for the Soul of American Democracy feebly hisses its way to a deflated conclusion.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 13, 2009
Director Kevin Macdonald can't begin to approach the paranoid genre mastery seen in the films of John Frankenheimer and Alan Pakula.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Victoria Alexander
April 15, 2009
Standard political thriller with tense direction. Long weave-haired Charles Laughton does a serviceable job.
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Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
April 19, 2009
You know the bad guys and you know the why. Without some much-needed plot punch and places where you really worry about the characters, the concept fizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
Bill Gibron
April 16, 2009
serviceable entertainment that never makes a strong cinematic statement
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 17, 2009
State of Play is bordered by the states of absurdity and cliché.
Cole Smithey
April 13, 2009
Laced with telegraphed character development, ghost-in-the-machine plot points, and preachy commentary, "State of Play" is a pedantic thriller caught in its own obvious clockwork.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 24, 2009
It's a prestige picture all the way, supercompetent, polished, watchable - but oddly unexciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
April 16, 2009
Ends up, ironically, burying the lead beneath underdeveloped subplots and characters as well as a final act that seemed desperate to wrap itself up to meet its own deadline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 18, 2009
Sinister but somewhat incoherent, lacking in credibility.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 17, 2009
The chance to explore the swiftly changing culture of Web-age journalism is one of several intriguing possibilities that State of Play squanders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 17, 2009
For a handy compare-and-contrast, check out the small- and big-screen versions of State of Play. You'll see the difference between a vital work of popular art and a patched-up retread.
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