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The Hottest State Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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
September 18, 2007
It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out.
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
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
September 7, 2007
As a director Ethan Hawke has learned a great deal from his mentor, Richard Linklater.
September 7, 2007
Buy the CD and skip the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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 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
August 27, 2007
[An] insufferable relationship drama.
Read More | Original Score: C-
August 24, 2007
As soon as the credits start rolling, you can't wait to get out.
August 24, 2007
The film is best appreciated as a meditation on celebrity psychology.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 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.
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.