The Hottest State
The Hottest State (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 27, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite strong performances and a unique style, The Hottest State is too self-conscious and pretentious to truly succeed.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's a small film, it's a mild recommendation, but I still think it's worth checking out.

Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Heather Huntington

The film is perfectly fine indie fare, but the plot and the characters seem a little more self-indulgently autobiographical than compelling.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

[The two main characters] are in all honesty the least sympathetic and most egregiously boring romantic pair that I've seen onscreen in ages.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Will the world be different, or their lives irrevocably changed, if they break up? I don't think so. Their tree falls in the forest, and nobody cares except the termites.

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Prairie Miller

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"The Hottest State" from writer/director [b]Ethan Hawke[/b], could have been fantastic. It is ultra-realistic, focusing on the anxieties,… More
William Goss
Self-absorbed navel-gazing session at least has a tolerable soundtrack.
Mike T.
The pacing is quite fractured and the dialogue doesn't always work perfectly, but I personally enjoyed this film to a great extent. Overall, it's a… More
Daniel Parsons
<i>"Don't you find it odd that when you're a kid everyone in the whole world tells you to follow your dreams, and when you're older… More