State of Play Reviews

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April 17, 2009
This conspiracy thriller, starring Russell Crowe as an investigative newspaper reporter and Helen Mirren as his fire/ice editor, comes at us like the proverbial bat out of hell and keeps up a brisk rhythm built for intelligence.
April 17, 2009
For about 115 minutes, State of Play tells an alarming, tightly constructed story, with serious things to say about journalism and the state of the country.
April 17, 2009
The movie doesn't quite work, but even when it's misfiring it has an old-fashioned appeal.
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.
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.
April 17, 2009
Directed by Kevin Macdonald, it's a capable if convoluted 'B' movie about government corruption, with an 'A' cast furiously pounding the pavement and keyboard.
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.
April 17, 2009
The kind of acting Crowe does here won't win awards and doesn't scream for attention. Yet it serves the thriller conventions as well as the old-warrior-journalist cliches in style.
April 16, 2009
State of Play keeps the twists coming.
April 16, 2009
A busy thriller that moves between the worlds of newspapers and politics, Kevin Macdonald's State of Play zips along smoothly.
April 16, 2009
Though it is a well-crafted political thriller, State of Play may actually have more to say about the beleaguered state of print journalism than about governmental shenanigans.
April 16, 2009
Based on a hit BBC miniseries, State of Play features a handsome production and terrific performances from its aforementioned stars.
April 16, 2009
It's a pleasure watching this cast make the most of the material.
April 16, 2009
The journalist in me loved State of Play. The moviegoer in me even more so.
April 16, 2009
It's Bateman who adds juice just as too many conspiracies threaten to spoil the stew. His cameo as a hustling scuzzball is the film's most memorable performance.
April 16, 2009
Though solidly plotted and executed all around, the film feels like a quaint relic from another era, aping the form of journalistic thrillers like All The President's Men while missing much of their urgency.
April 16, 2009
Instead of luring us down an ever-darker and twistier path, it strands us in a tedious and ill-designed maze.
April 16, 2009
An unrepentantly mature suspense flick; there're no jokes, no breasts and no explosions. Even as the secrets spill out, the sense is of a world compressing, not unraveling.
April 16, 2009
You've seen it all before, including the paunch Russell Crowe sported in Body of Lies, but with one exception: One intrepid reporter here is a blogger.
April 16, 2009
Crowe turns in a strong performance as the conflicted McAffrey. McAdams is equally convincing as Frye, who gets a quick education in journalistic basics.
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