The Hottest State

Critics Consensus

Despite strong performances and a unique style, The Hottest State is too self-conscious and pretentious to truly succeed.



Total Count: 53


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Soon after relocating from Texas to New York in a bid to make the big time, a 21-year-old actor enters into a turbulent relationship with a struggling singer/songwriter in writer/director Ethan Hawke's screen adaptation of his own debut novel. William (Mark Webber) is an aspiring actor with dreams of making it big. Upon arriving in New York City, William soon enters into a tenuous romance with Sarah (Catalina Sandino Moreno), a talented musician with a winning voice and keen songwriting skills. Love is a fickle thing, though, and in the thriving world of young and talented artists, it isn't always enough to make a relationship last.


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Critic Reviews for The Hottest State

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Audience Reviews for The Hottest State

  • Oct 11, 2010
    Well, I was expecting more from this.. maybe somethinig that will come close to Before Sunset/Sunrise.. I was excited at first to see the movie's style but it eventually it was not as good as I expected.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2008
    The pacing is quite fractured and the dialogue doesn't always work perfectly, but I personally enjoyed this film to a great extent. Overall, it's a very well-written piece guided by subtle direction from Hawke and excellent performances from the entire cast. Sad, engaging and driven by a sense of rare honesty.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2008
    love and relationships as a young guy from texas makes it to newyrk, and falls for a girl,they fall in and out of love, directed by ethan hawke, a great edgy feel, a nice honest look at friendship turned into passion and back again
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2007
    Self-absorbed navel-gazing session at least has a tolerable soundtrack.
    William G Super Reviewer

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