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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Hawke has created a standard-issue, Sundance-friendly indie film that's full of the predictable angst suffered by Manhattan artistic types, but unfortunately the lead characters are both so callow that you finally don't care much about them. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Hawke, who is very good as the young man's estranged father, had best stick to what he does best. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    Could be an overwrought mess if it were in less capable hands. But Webber and Moreno are so good, it's hard to believe they're not really deeply and meaningfully in lust. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Hawke has made this movie his way and the result is a story that is by turns romantic and disquieting. It's well worth the price of admission. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In The Hottest State, Hawke uses fairly standard childhood motivations for his unhappiness and reveals too little real interest in the Sara character. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Actor-turned-filmmaker Ethan Hawke's second feature, an adaptation of his own novel about youthful heartbreak, is hobbled by its singularly unappealing lead characters. show more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune

    This self-important movie can't save itself from being disheartening. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    When Laura Linney turns up about an hour into The Hottest State, you can see the movie that might have been. show more

  • 38
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    The problem is the material itself, with its trite observations and shockingly flat writing. show more

  • 67
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It's nothing new, but Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments. show more

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