State of the Union: Season 1 Reviews

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October 14, 2019
State of the Union worked because it was beautifully written by Nick Hornby, handsomely shot by Stephen Frears, and who doesn't like looking at Rosamund Pike sipping white wine?
October 4, 2019
It is funny, but not boastful about it.
September 16, 2019
The first two episodes of this 10-parter about a middle-class married couple chatting in a pub on their way to counselling sessions were perfectly fine, with nuanced dialogue and fine playing by the leads, but they were also very slight.
September 16, 2019
O'Dowd is his usual clever shaggy bear self; Pike quite a comedy find, even if you wonder, up until about halfway through, how the two could ever have got together in the first place, let alone survive marriage until one had to scratch that 15-year-itch.
September 9, 2019
Here, though, sarcasm is what passes for middle-class frankness, where everything comes with a wry sense of detachment and, in Nick Hornby's script, a stagy way with words.
September 9, 2019
Pike and O'Dowd seemed to relax in to their roles; their ease with one another looked much more like that of a 15-year marriage than a read-through and a tech rehearsal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2019
It is as honest and multi-faceted an examination and appreciation of marriage as you could hope to find (as well as an astonishingly cliche-free one).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 9, 2019
[Nick] Hornby has created a cleverly structured two-handed play in ten segments, lush with domestic hum-drummery, in which we will never see them in that therapist's room.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2019
Ten ten-minute films in which a couple grapples with the difficulties of maintaining an intimate relationship in our hurried times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2019
Marriage is portrayed in ten excellent slices. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2019
The narrowness of the show helps it wear its drawing-room lightness well, and it is littered with tiny delights.
May 9, 2019
These stories are as rewarding as they are withholding. By showing only slices of the protagonists' lives, the audience is tasked with looking out for changes in their dynamic. It's like a game of Spot the Difference.
May 6, 2019
But even when the writing feels a little vague or forced, Pike and O'Dowd make the scenes work.
May 6, 2019
Excellent and experimental... In a TV landscape where episodes and seasons can overstay their welcome, State of the Union turns out to be the perfect length.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2019
As written by Nick Hornby, it's full of funny and snide dialogue and stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd are more than up for delivering it.
May 6, 2019
The intimacy and simplicity of [State of the Union] can prove intensely discomfiting, a bit stale, entrancing or all three depending on your own preferences.
May 3, 2019
State of the Union is a sketch of a mid-life marriage in crisis. It doesn't need to be anything else, and perhaps this is where the short form is working in its favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
May 2, 2019
[A] delightfully wry, bittersweet comic drama.
May 2, 2019
Fans of dialogue-heavy, character-driven storytelling will be intrigued, but the redundancy of the setting renders "State of the Union" less bingeable.
April 22, 2019
State of the Union feels voyeuristic, not in a guilty pleasure or shameful way, but in a fascinating, relatable, human relationship study way.
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