State of Play Reviews

  • [An] excitingly twisty and topical new politics-and-media conspiracy thriller.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The chance to explore the swiftly changing culture of Web-age journalism is one of several intriguing possibilities that State of Play squanders.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • State of Play rattles along very satisfactorily, and Crowe brings to the role a relaxed self-possession and even charm.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Though it is a well-crafted political thriller, State of Play may actually have more to say about the beleaguered state of print journalism than about governmental shenanigans.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Based on a hit BBC miniseries, State of Play features a handsome production and terrific performances from its aforementioned stars.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It's a pleasure watching this cast make the most of the material.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • An effectively involving journalism-cum-conspiracy yarn with a bang-bang opening and a frantic closer.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • It's Bateman who adds juice just as too many conspiracies threaten to spoil the stew. His cameo as a hustling scuzzball is the film's most memorable performance.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's a film in a hurry. In the scant minutes between plot twists, we get treated to bite-size nuggets of character development and a few juicy nibbles of acting from a cast almost universally committed to going large.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The movie doesn't quite work, but even when it's misfiring it has an old-fashioned appeal.

    Christopher Kelly — Dallas Morning News

  • This conspiracy thriller, starring Russell Crowe as an investigative newspaper reporter and Helen Mirren as his fire/ice editor, comes at us like the proverbial bat out of hell and keeps up a brisk rhythm built for intelligence.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's like a time bomb that's never dismantled but never explodes. The movie is good enough that the ending leaves you ... not angry, exactly. Unfulfilled.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The three screenwriters may have been trying to work too many plot strands into two hours; in any case, State of Play is both overstuffed and inconclusive.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • A smart, ingenious thriller set in the halls of Congress and the city room of a newspaper not unlike the Washington Post.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The kind of acting Crowe does here won't win awards and doesn't scream for attention. Yet it serves the thriller conventions as well as the old-warrior-journalist cliches in style.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This rote paranoid thriller was adapted from a 2003 BBC miniseries, with a few topical headlines folded in and some cursory attempts to make newspapers seem au courant.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The journalist in me loved State of Play. The moviegoer in me even more so.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A solidly constructed thriller that recalls the paranoid conspiracies of the 1970s.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • State of Play makes you wonder where we'll be in a decade; more importantly, it makes you wonder where we are now.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • State of Play, based on the outstanding British television series, is a first-rate political thriller, but it's also something more.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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