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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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 21, 2007
The movie is crisply shot and obviously heartfelt, but search elsewhere if you want the same honesty Hawke displayed as an actor in 1995's Before Sunrise and its 2004 sequel Before Sunset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2007
The main point I can extract from Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State is that even a peevish and self-centered young man is capable of feeling great anguish when his girlfriend dumps him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 7, 2007
Buy the CD and skip the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
If the words ''based on a semiautobiographical first novel'' don't send chills up your spine, how about ''adapted for the screen and directed by the author''?
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 27, 2007
[An] insufferable relationship drama.
| Original Score: C-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
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
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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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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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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
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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-
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John Anderson
Newsday
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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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.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 1, 2007
The Hottest State takes a good deal of time to heat up and fails to generate much more than a lukewarm empathy for its petulant main characters.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
Lacking depth or anything that's actually funny or sad, and with lead performers who are given more responsibility for the success of the film than they can handle, the film will be a tough sell.