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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
Will the world be different, or their lives irrevocably changed, if they break up? I don't think so. Their tree falls in the forest, and nobody cares except the termites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
August 25, 2007
Boy meets girl. Boy shacks up with girl. Boy almost marries girl. Girl loses interest in boy. Boy loses girl.Boy and girl lose audience.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007
[The two main characters] are in all honesty the least sympathetic and most egregiously boring romantic pair that I've seen onscreen in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
August 21, 2007
Hawke has some strong and worthwhile thoughts about love and relationships, but as a director, he's just not skilled enough to make his novel work as a movie.
| Original Score: 5/10
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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.
Heather Huntington
August 26, 2008
The film is perfectly fine indie fare, but the plot and the characters seem a little more self-indulgently autobiographical than compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
August 23, 2007
Listen, if you're not predisposed to untrained method actors exploiting their worst instincts, State is going to feel like a thunderstorm of hot razor blades raining down on your soft pink senses from frame one.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Prairie Miller
December 4, 2007
Though there are some nutty and offbeat moments in The Hottest State, these young characters fail to generate any chemistry or 'heated state,' despite their tender years and simmering hormones.
Geoff Berkshire
November 8, 2007
What's apparently deeply personal for Hawke winds up deeply torturous for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 6, 2007
The dialogue comes off as too carefully planned and too precious, and Webber's overly physical performance doesn't seem to match the character's insecurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Schueller
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2007
Ethan Hawke's film, based on the novel he wrote a decade ago, should come with a warning that it may cause bruising from heavy-handed dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2007
Hawke telegraphs the banal, delusional, pretentious aspects of being 21 and in love too well, and without fully transforming them into something of substance.
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John Anderson
August 23, 2007
Hawke does some nice things with the camera -- the film has style -- but what it doesn't have is the essential thing you need in a drama. Namely, drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 24, 2007
Hawke, though, who is very good as the young man's estranged father, had best stick to what he does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 7, 2007
Buy the CD and skip the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 23, 2007
Not the hottest movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 19, 2006
...sporadically effective but mostly overwrought...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
August 24, 2007
As soon as the credits start rolling, you can't wait to get out.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2007
The film is best appreciated as a meditation on celebrity psychology.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marcy Dermansky
August 27, 2007
Kudos to Ethan Hawke for giving Moreno her first starring role after her Academy Award nominated performance in Maria Full of Grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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