State of Play
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Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party--an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out. D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron, who has assigned him to investigate the murder. As he and partner Della try to uncover the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite the clichéd nature of much of the dialogue and the derivative thriller set-ups, 'State of Play' provides sufficient old-fashioned entertainment value to justify the ticket."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"As a former reporter and a fervent believer that we need good, independent newspapers to do their jobs keeping government and business in check, I think they got the journalism right."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"It's all very "ripped from the headlines" and the characters are more types than people, but at least it doesn't talk down to you. Much."
‑ Dave White,
"Smart, complex dramas constructed and performed with precision like this are too rare an offering to pass up."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Kevin Macdonald's State of Play has, in fact, everything you need to tell a great journalist's story, except a great story."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
"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
"I want to see more films like this."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Journalistic ethics and the scandalous nature of politics are featured in the taut conspiracy thriller, State of Play."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Quite a stew of 'relevance'"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Well played sirs. Well played"
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"It's sentimental in all the right ways."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A meandering movie that sometimes hits dead center and sometimes misfires dismally, resulting in a drama more tangled than taut."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"At last, State Of Play is an example of a Hollywood refresh that not only stand up to the source, but builds upon it."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Just couldn't get enthusiastic about the twists and turns in this story of an investigative reporter on the trail of political bad guys. It just made me long for "All the President's Men.""
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Boasting a cracking cast and a deliciously clever script, State of Play is a polished political thriller not to be missed."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
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