The Hottest State Reviews

November 18, 2011
October 22, 2007
Moody relationship drama is best for adults.
September 22, 2007
This is a beautifully made, involving film, but it would have been so much stronger with a bit of careful editing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 23, 2007
Smart, sexy and achingly true, The Hottest State is both funny and heart breaking.
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.
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.
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.