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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 30 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Affleck may strike you as off-putting at first, hitting wrong emotional notes, but hang on. State of Play keeps the twists coming. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For about 115 minutes, State of Play tells an alarming, tightly constructed story, with serious things to say about journalism and the state of the country. The movie appears to be all but over - and likely to stand as one of the best films of 2009. And then the filmmakers add one last embellishment, and they blow it. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Intelligent and engrossing saga. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    There's simply too much stuff for a two-hour feature, and three writers, including Tony Gilroy, haven't figured out how to boil it down into a readily comprehensible narrative, or how to solve the problem of an ending that goes blah rather than bang. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Acting-wise, the showstopper is Jason Bateman, with a diabolically entertaining turn as a smarmy PR man remarkably free with confidential information. show more

  • 70
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result is a paper-thin alliance between the old-school Cal and the new-media Della. Crowe, husky and whisky-voiced, is warm amidst all the plot mechanics, and McAdams, perky and efficient, is a smart foil for him. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    There is nothing we haven't seen here before in terms of chases, intrigue and betrayals, so for all its A-list cast and production values, the film comes off as routine. show more

  • 100

    This is a smart script. There is a wealth of twists, but none of them have to beat you over the head. show more

  • 100
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Nothing is as it seems in State of Play, a crackerjack political thriller in which no individual, profession or institution gets away clean. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    A rare treat for cinema lovers starved for the days when scruffy newspaper reporters fearlessly sniffed out corruption, State of Play delivers the kind of conspiratorial thrills that would have made Pakula proud. show more

  • August 26, 2010 mamawnebel
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    I loved this movie and have watched it at least 50 times. I'm still not clear about two things. One, when Cal found out that Annie knew So nja was getting paid the $26,000 per month Cal realized that Steven was the real guilty party. How did Annie know about this money? Two, who was the shooter going to kill at the end? I don't think he knew Cal would be at Steven's office. Does anyone out there have an answer for me. This is really bugging me. Thanks.

  • July 15, 2010 Serkan Colak
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    this movie was very cool!

  • September 01, 2009 NerdFiction
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    well what can i say

  • June 05, 2009 Flaggirl8783
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    Russell Crowe is very good in the movie. The other stars are good too. Interesting and entertaining but the plot is indeed transparent.

  • May 17, 2009 frank
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    I must be missing something too- Slow, and mediocre... action, special effects or humor - - 2 pretty girls but that's about it- buy some lottery tix with the 10 bucks

  • May 10, 2009 Frankiep111
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    Good movie. Nothing great; but good. Russel Crowe was tremendous, Ben Affleck was really good. Rachel McAdams could've used more depth but in all it was a good movie.

  • May 09, 2009 Bella & Lily
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    Just another typical Hollywood movie with a political agenda, trashing the military, Corporate America, and religion.

  • May 04, 2009 wanderer085us
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    Bascially a good movie, although the ending stretched plausability to the edge.

  • May 03, 2009 Jrvharris
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    Very fast paced and entertaining movie. I'm not much of a Ben Affleck fan, but very much so a Russell Crowe fan. I LOVE him!!!! He is a very talented actor, and of course, not too bad to look at, either - I don't care if he has gained a little weight. He's still got it going on!!

  • May 02, 2009 Kellywhitemft
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    Great movie. Finally an actor in a good movie!

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