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State and Main Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
January 12, 2001
Something admittedly slimy, but quite satisfying.
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Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 12, 2001
A light, bright way to momentarily escape the fast lane.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 12, 2001
Mamet's numerous barbs directed at Hollywood and the whole film industry are, for the most part, well-placed, and his dialogue is as snappy as ever.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 12, 2001
State and Main might be the perfect David Mamet movie for people who don't like David Mamet movies. The nice thing about it, though, is that it won't disappoint the rest of us.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 12, 2001
A great film about making bad movies.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 12, 2001
Though Mamet is definitely the real star of the film, his actors rise to the challenge of his genius.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 12, 2001
State and Main is a mixed bag.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 12, 2001
A pleasant enough entertainment -- packed with star power -- that hasn't the teeth to achieve true satire.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 12, 2001
An amusing trifle.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 12, 2001
State and Main is so entertaining and, yes, fun.
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
January 12, 2001
A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 12, 2001
As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2001
Mamet has an unrivaled ear for dialogue.
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
January 12, 2001
Reasonably funny.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 12, 2001
Cynics, people say, know the price of everything and the value of nothing. But boy, can they be funny.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 12, 2001
State and Main offers much whimsical pleasure, even if it's too loosely constructed to be deemed an unbridled comic masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 12, 2001
A pleasingly literate construct of sight gags and wordplay.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 11, 2001
Classic screwball fare.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2001
Has the hermetic, vacuum packed atmosphere of all the films that David Mamet has directed, yet cleverness, heightened to a pitch of acid tongued amorality, is both its flavor and its meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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