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The Hottest State
Soon after relocating from Texas to New York in a bid to make the big time, a 21-year-old actor enters into a turbulent relationship with a struggling singer/songwriter in writer/director Ethan Hawke's screen adaptation of his own debut novel. William (Mark Webber) is an aspiring actor with dreams of making it big. Upon arriving in New York City, William soon enters into a tenuous romance with Sarah (Catalina Sandino Moreno), a talented musician with a winning voice and keen songwriting skills. Love is a fickle thing, though, and in the thriving world of young and talented artists, it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"[The two main characters] are in all honesty the least sympathetic and most egregiously boring romantic pair that I've seen onscreen in ages."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Breaking up is hard to do. So is making a movie about it. Ethan Hawke, in his adaptation of his own novel, doesn't try very hard. Or maybe he tries too hard."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"What's apparently deeply personal for Hawke winds up deeply torturous for the audience."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"This is a beautifully made, involving film, but it would have been so much stronger with a bit of careful editing."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Everything we see is tinted by a rose-colored self-fondness, down to the perfectly mussed bedheads, the unusually capacious apartments, the lousy bar music that's supposed to be really good."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film is perfectly fine indie fare, but the plot and the characters seem a little more self-indulgently autobiographical than compelling."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Moody relationship drama is best for adults."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"The Hottest State lacks heat."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The movie is crisply shot and obviously heartfelt, but search elsewhere if you want the same honesty Hawke displayed as an actor in 1995's Before Sunrise and its 2004 sequel Before Sunset."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The main point I can extract from Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State is that even a peevish and self-centered young man is capable of feeling great anguish when his girlfriend dumps him."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though there are some nutty and offbeat moments in The Hottest State, these young characters fail to generate any chemistry or 'heated state,' despite their tender years and simmering hormones."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Not the hottest movie."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"The passionate Mexican interlude, the Shakespearean pleas to yonder windows, and the naive, earnest pillow talk all melt into one self-indulgent, faux-hipstery soup."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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