State of Play Reviews

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June 5, 2019
A fine example of what studio filmmaking should be.
May 16, 2019
A smart and intriguing thriller that features a quality cast and some nice dramatic moments.
December 8, 2018
The characters here are archetypes, to be sure, but they're all perfectly cast.
November 4, 2018
A very old-fashioned, principled, investigative journalism movie, full of red herrings, surprising twists and corrupt politicians. It will keep those who haven't seen the series on the edge of their seat.
January 2, 2018
I know it sounds like I'm trashing this movie, but the story has real juice and complexity, the performances have muscle, and the political backdrop is ripped from the headlines. I wasn't bored for a second.
September 12, 2017
This film was well worth the wait.
October 7, 2015
Maybe there's even a point embedded somewhere in there, but it's anybody's guess what that would be.
November 17, 2011
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.
August 3, 2010
Journalistic ethics and the scandalous nature of politics are featured in the taut conspiracy thriller, State of Play.
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.
August 31, 2009
Smart, complex dramas constructed and performed with precision like this are too rare an offering to pass up.
August 3, 2009
Well played sirs. Well played
August 1, 2009
Boasting a cracking cast and a deliciously clever script, State of Play is a polished political thriller not to be missed.
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
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.
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