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State and Main Reviews

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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 6, 2001
Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
January 12, 2001
An amusing trifle.
January 12, 2001
A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.
January 12, 2001
As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.
January 12, 2001
Mamet has an unrivaled ear for dialogue.
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+
January 11, 2001
In this age when dumb, broad, easy-to-market comedy continues to rule, Mr. Mamet's literary wit is always welcome.
January 11, 2001
Mamet lite, but still a lot of fun.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 22, 2000
A frequently hilarious film.
December 22, 2000
There's not much here that would surprise any knowledgeable observer, but Mamet presents it with such brio and simmering rage that the movie has the sting of anger in almost every scene.
December 22, 2000
When Mamet's new movie sticks to depicting the contagious amorality spread by the movie business, it's darkly dirty fun.
December 22, 2000
A finely tuned satire of the insane Hollywood modus operandi, heightened by farcical flourishes and grounded with the kind of reportorial integrity that distinguishes Mamet's best work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
One of the year's smartest and funniest films.
December 22, 2000
There are fresher wisecracks packed in State and Main than in just about any high-concept Hollywood comedy of recent vintage.
December 22, 2000
A film of unexpected warmth and geniality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
Lays to rest any doubt about whether Mamet can write funny. He can.
December 22, 2000
Hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
December 22, 2000
Mamet gets about halfway to great screwball comedy before the picture runs out of steam.
December 22, 2000
It's Mamet in a lighthearted mood, playing with dialogue, repeating phrases just because he likes them, and supplying us with a closing line that achieves, I think, a kind of greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
A surprisingly unpolished piece of work that plays as though it were written for the stage and only slightly modified for the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 22, 2000
A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 21, 2000
For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.
December 21, 2000
A crackling ensemble comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2000
Mamet's movie has its moments of wit and warmth, but here he's mostly behind, not ahead of, the curve.
December 21, 2000
A Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.
December 21, 2000
A film that is laugh out loud funny and dinner-conversation smart.
December 18, 2000
It's highly watchable, and, at times, humorously compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4