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Stateside Reviews

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 21, 2004
Quirky but involving.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 21, 2004
Though much of the movie feels as undeveloped as Mark is, it manages to end the way any decent love story must -- on a sweet, touching note that makes us want to forgive the unsteadiness along the way.
| Original Score: B-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2004
A diluted, scattered drama -- less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2004
Stateside plays like urgent ideas for a movie which Anselmo needed to make, but they're still in note form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 21, 2004
Writer-director Reverge Anselmo has created a movie of ineptness so perfect and unified as to boggle the mind.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 21, 2004
Anselmo understands that when the situation itself is dramatic, the storytelling and acting don't have to be.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
May 21, 2004
This one isn't even worth watching on cable TV, unless you're ready to be fitted for a straight jacket.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
May 21, 2004
The Young And The Wacko... The movie tries to be a lot of things -- but it fails at all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
May 21, 2004
Stateside veers toward "Showgirls"-level camp but merely ends up being awful.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
May 20, 2004
so conventional it borders on experimental
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2004
This muddled drama begins as a high school soap opera, segues into a boys-to-men military drama and peters out as a feeble answer to Girl, Interrupted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 20, 2004
Although based on a true story, it never establishes its own identity, often playing like warmed-over J.D. Salinger.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 20, 2004
Mexican writer-director, Reverge Anselmo, is clueless about how to make any of it believable, cogent or even remotely interesting.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 20, 2004
Anselmo, basing his script on a true story, juggles more plots than a full season of The O.C., setting his cast adrift in a sea of soap-opera bubbles.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
May 20, 2004
[Anselmo's] sure-footed handling of emotional tone enables his endearing young leads to function in a sympathetic and coherent realm.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 20, 2004
The guys are getting stoned and, apparently, preparing to gang-rape their frontperson. What kind of band is this, anyway?
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 20, 2004
'An Officer and a Gentleman' refashioned as a sappy WB teen soap opera...a melodrama of astonishing flatness and insipidity.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 19, 2004
Contrived and emotionally incomplete, and strained further by self-consciously cockeyed dialogue.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 19, 2004
The way that all of this plays out is so unconvincing that I felt as if I was watching a lost Project Greenlight movie in which half the key scenes, after testing into the basement, had been chucked at the last minute.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 18, 2004
Stateside's real-life frame allows the complexities of mental illness and military service to lose dramatic tension, resulting in a desultory home stretch.
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