The Hottest State Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 8, 2007
What's apparently deeply personal for Hawke winds up deeply torturous for the audience.
September 23, 2007
Not the hottest movie.
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.
September 21, 2007
The Hottest State lacks heat.
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.
September 14, 2007
The passionate Mexican interlude, the Shakespearean pleas to yonder windows, and the naive, earnest pillow talk all melt into one self-indulgent, faux-hipstery soup.
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.
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.
September 7, 2007
Buy the CD and skip the movie.
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.
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.
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''?
August 27, 2007
[An] insufferable relationship drama.
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.
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.
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