State of Play Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 22, 2009
Represents mainstream Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
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.
May 10, 2009
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May 9, 2009
a vivid and provocative excursion into the juxtaposition of ideals and the profit motive.
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.
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.
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
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