State of Grace Reviews

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Ross McIndoe
The Skinny
August 19, 2015
Joanou is no Scorsese but he successfully builds a satisfying crime flick around Oldman's electrifying performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 4, 2015
It's (mob) business as usual, elevated by some deft plotting and sharp dialogue from scripter Dennis McIntyre and forceful turns by all the principals, particularly Gary Oldman as a twitchy live wire who's fiercely loyal to friends and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2012
Every indulgence, including a two hour and 14 minute running time, is on display.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 3, 2012
A violent, tortuous melodrama that labors mightily to be an Irish Mean Streets or a latter-day Wild Bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Superior gangland drama with a nod to Scorsese
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A handsomely produced, mostly riveting, but ultimately overlong and overindulgent gangster picture.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A hugely impressive piece of work for a young director previously known for his documentary U2 Rattle and Hum.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
A gritty, intense and explosive Irish gangster drama that's second only to Scorsese's GoodFellas as the best film of 1990.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2004
Charts the territory of lawlessness, betrayal and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
A powerful, gritty, life-of-crime thriller that showcases its charismatic cast to impressive effect.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Oldman gives an electrifying performance that both establishes a tragic, terrifying character and explains why that character's world is such a perilous place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Penn's affecting performance, a strong and silent struggle with his warring emotions, is hard pressed to offset Oldman's shrill shenanigans.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What's best about "State of Grace" is what's unique to it - the twisted vision of the Oldman character, who lives in a world of evil and betrayal and has somehow thought himself around to the notion that he is doing the right thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 1990
Joanou shows signs of becoming a real director. But they're still only signs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
October 12, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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