Stateside Reviews

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May 27, 2004
The lovers' nonexistent chemistry doesn't generate enough heat to light a match.
May 24, 2004
It felt authentic ...
May 22, 2004
It's so unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.
May 22, 2004
Turns out to be not so much a movie about a Kwazy Person as it is about a Stoopid Person.
May 21, 2004
A genuinely affecting love story told without a trace of affect.
May 21, 2004
A ludicrous indie romance.
May 21, 2004
Plays like a movie of the week.
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.
May 21, 2004
The film manages to hit all the emotional beats, but most land with a resounding thud.
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.
May 21, 2004
A diluted, scattered drama -- less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
May 21, 2004
Stateside plays like urgent ideas for a movie which Anselmo needed to make, but they're still in note form.
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.
May 20, 2004
Although based on a true story, it never establishes its own identity, often playing like warmed-over J.D. Salinger.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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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