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The Hottest State Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2007
Moody relationship drama is best for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 18, 2007
It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out.
September 13, 2007
It's nothing new, but [writer/director Ethan] Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2007
As a director Ethan Hawke has learned a great deal from his mentor, Richard Linklater.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2007
Smart, sexy and achingly true, The Hottest State is both funny and heart breaking.
Read More | Original Score: 78/100
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-
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.
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
August 21, 2007
Hawke quite capably taps into the bittersweet complexities of young, love-struck idiocy.
August 20, 2007
The Hottest State is thoroughly infused with its creator's pretentious indie-bohemian persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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