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The Hottest State Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Moody relationship drama is best for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 22, 2007
This is a beautifully made, involving film, but it would have been so much stronger with a bit of careful editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2007
It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 13, 2007
It's nothing new, but [writer/director Ethan] Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2007
As a director Ethan Hawke has learned a great deal from his mentor, Richard Linklater.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2007
[Director] Hawke's sincerity - especially in his terrific new film, The Hottest State -- is also his saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
September 6, 2007
A charming piece of sadness about love's all-consuming, confusing power and its ability to heal and wound only seconds apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
August 24, 2007
Heartbreak has been portrayed on film many times, in many ways, but Hawke and his actors find a whole new language for it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
August 24, 2007
As a bonus it's got the best soundtrack of any movie this year. Hawke, who is the first cousin once removed of Tennesee Williams, proves himself to have a good eye for the small world of big love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 24, 2007
Ethan Hawke's earnest, talky film The Hottest State, which he adapted from his own semi-autobiographical 1997 novel, doggedly peels away the gloss to dive into the emotional swamp where two young people get lost in each other.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 23, 2007
Smart, sexy and achingly true, The Hottest State is both funny and heart breaking.
| Original Score: 78/100
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 23, 2007
At times this indie is as repetitive and self-indulgent as its protagonist, but it captures a bit of the madness of being unrequitedly in love.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Kohn
New York Press
August 22, 2007
Having written the source material, Hawke had veto power of his characters' individual quirks before he put them in front of a camera. Perhaps it's this degree of control that keeps the temperature in State just right.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 21, 2007
Hawke has made this movie his way and the result is a story that is by turns romantic and disquieting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 21, 2007
Hawke quite capably taps into the bittersweet complexities of young, love-struck idiocy.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 20, 2007
The Hottest State is thoroughly infused with its creator's pretentious indie-bohemian persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Breaking up is hard to do. So is making a movie about it. Ethan Hawke, in his adaptation of his own novel, doesn't try very hard. Or maybe he tries too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover.
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