State of Play
State of Play (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

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.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

This film was well worth the wait.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

I want to see more films like this.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Maybe there's even a point embedded somewhere in there, but it's anybody's guess what that would be.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It's sentimental in all the right ways.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

A meandering movie that sometimes hits dead center and sometimes misfires dismally, resulting in a drama more tangled than taut.

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Dave White

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.

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Albert Kim
"State of Play". A very similar movie to this is "Body of Lies"... it also stars Russell Crowe! They are very similar like this: "State… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"You're just seeking the truth. You're a truth seeker. You can't help it, that is just who you are."</i> A team of… More
paul oh
A mediocre political thriller. Unless you're a fan of this genre, you're not missing much. The acting is good but the pacing is awkward and rushed. A… More
Raymond Wieser
State of Play is a good political thriller with twists coming at you when you least expect them. Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren and… More
Nathan Hall
This movie is great. Excellent plot, excellent cast, excellent directing. Russell Crowe plays his part perfectly, as do fellow actors Ben Affleck, Rachel… More