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Stateside Reviews

May 27, 2004
The lovers' nonexistent chemistry doesn't generate enough heat to light a match.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 24, 2004
It felt authentic ...
May 22, 2004
Turns out to be not so much a movie about a Kwazy Person as it is about a Stoopid Person.
May 22, 2004
It's so unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.
May 21, 2004
A genuinely affecting love story told without a trace of affect.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2004
A ludicrous indie romance.
May 21, 2004
Plays like a movie of the week.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 21, 2004
Writer-director Reverge Anselmo handles sensitive issues not with kid gloves, but with a metaphorical baseball mitt, fumbling with tone and obviously laboring to force quirks upon characters and situations.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 21, 2004
The film manages to hit all the emotional beats, but most land with a resounding thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
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
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
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+
May 20, 2004
Mexican writer-director, Reverge Anselmo, is clueless about how to make any of it believable, cogent or even remotely interesting.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 20, 2004
[Anselmo's] sure-footed handling of emotional tone enables his endearing young leads to function in a sympathetic and coherent realm.
May 19, 2004
Contrived and emotionally incomplete, and strained further by self-consciously cockeyed dialogue.
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
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.
May 7, 2004
The promise of something startling and compelling goes unfulfilled, and the arc of the central love story isn't interesting enough to sustain the drama.