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State and Main Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 20, 2012
retains a lightheartedness that pokes fun at the film industry and gives some memorable performances
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Intriguing characters, good movie for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
October 8, 2010
David Mamet, that president emeritus of hard-consonant profanity, often seems as comfortable with softer stuff as a man wearing wool in July. But this on-the-nose Hollywood satire played like Preston Sturges absolved of Production-Code limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
February 15, 2010
One giant testimony to unmet potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
Las Vegas CityLife
February 2, 2009
David Mamet tones it down a second time in the relaxed State and Main.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
...a fine comedy that represents grown-up moviemaking at its very best.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 16, 2003
Mamet's most easy going and fun-loving film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
[State and Main] has been heralded as the second coming of Preston Sturges. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any of that comedic master's films ever revolving around a statutory rape charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
In the end, State and Main is little more than a pleasant diversion, but it is one that is accomplished with a degree of wit and grace and a healthy respect for its putative audience.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
John Venable
June 28, 2002
...without a doubt one of the most well written scripts in the past few years.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
Those who read the tabloids regularly will enjoy speculating about which real-life personalities Mamet may have provided the inspiration for these daffy characters.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The well-spoken scumbags are still there, but now they're funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
Like the good magician, Mamet plays some tricks on us which cause bristles of amazement.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 14, 2001
This is exactly the kind of intellectual in-joke movie that a few people will adore with all their hearts, and a zillion people will go, "ehhh."
Full Review| Original Score: 3
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
April 1, 2001
It's a treat to see a movie that rewards its viewers for paying attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Funny, satirical, and touching
| Original Score: 4/4
David Keyes
February 7, 2001
...manages to be one of the most brilliant films of 2000: a satirical, edgy and sweet comedy in which every person, detail and camera shot is of complete significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carlo Cavagna
February 7, 2001
Mamet loves the interplay of words, rife with sharp exchanges and ready witticisms
Full Review | Original Score: B
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
February 7, 2001
Devilishly wicked if occasionally slight, Mamet's third film in as many years, is, alas, one of his weakest (but still strong compared with the rest of the holiday film pack).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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