State of Play Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
April 24, 2009
Despite the clichéd nature of much of the dialogue and the derivative thriller set-ups, 'State of Play' provides sufficient old-fashioned entertainment value to justify the ticket.
April 24, 2009
This is exhilarating, compulsive storytelling and looks likely to be one of the year's cinematic highlights.
April 24, 2009
State of Play rattles along very satisfactorily, and Crowe brings to the role a relaxed self-possession and even charm.
April 24, 2009
Pacy, thought-provoking entertainment. Not perfect, but well worth the admission.
April 24, 2009
How it plays out makes, in the hands of an excellent director such as Macdonald, a taut and clever thriller - even if it's not as modern as it likes to believe.
April 20, 2009
The three screenwriters may have been trying to work too many plot strands into two hours; in any case, State of Play is both overstuffed and inconclusive.
April 20, 2009
It's sentimental in all the right ways.
April 20, 2009
As a former reporter and a fervent believer that we need good, independent newspapers to do their jobs keeping government and business in check, I think they got the journalism right.
April 20, 2009
I want to see more films like this.
April 17, 2009
A meandering movie that sometimes hits dead center and sometimes misfires dismally, resulting in a drama more tangled than taut.
April 17, 2009
It's a film in a hurry. In the scant minutes between plot twists, we get treated to bite-size nuggets of character development and a few juicy nibbles of acting from a cast almost universally committed to going large.
April 17, 2009
Giving new meaning to movie magic, those Hollywood tricksters have managed to shorten the story while slowing the pace -- all of a sudden, minutes are passing like hours.
April 17, 2009
This rote paranoid thriller was adapted from a 2003 BBC miniseries, with a few topical headlines folded in and some cursory attempts to make newspapers seem au courant.
April 17, 2009
State of Play is bordered by the states of absurdity and cliché.
April 17, 2009
Holds together in proper, conspiracy-thriller style, providing general audiences with a few good surprises and some crackling performances.
April 17, 2009
State of Play makes you wonder where we'll be in a decade; more importantly, it makes you wonder where we are now.
April 17, 2009
State of Play does get a little creaky in its last third -- at that point it needs to be more streamlined, more concise. But Macdonald and the screenwriters manage to weave their ideas through a sturdy-enough plot, so we never feel we're being preached to
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