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State of Play

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Kevin MacDonald

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About the Movie

Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams & Helen Mirren in the gripping thriller about deception, manipulation & corruption. When D.C. Reporter Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) is assigned to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician (Affleck), he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation's power structures. In a town of spin-doctors and wealthy power brokers, he will discover one truth: when fortunes are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is safe. From director Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland, State of Play brings together strong performances, riveting suspense and is "sophisticated, intelligent and powerful" (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 209
  • Fresh: 176
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's really a story about the romance of newspapers and a good one - part of a tradition that goes all the way back to Ben Hecht and The Front Page. It may also mark the genre's end. – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The film held me a fair way in, because it's well paced and the actors are competent. But finally, the plot took one or two big twists too far. – Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: State of Play succeeds as mainstream entertainment to the point where it hardly makes sense to complain about its pulled political punches. – Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It hits the ground running, and - while never remotely innovative - manages to be unpredictable and labyrinthine enough to generally hold our attention. – Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Highly Under Rated

This movie should have made more money in theaters. It is an old fashoned thriller that is very well acted, well written and well directed. In my opinion its not worth buying, however give it a rent. If you have any tast in movies, you won't waist you're time.

Ready for rent right away!

Cool movie.


Not the best thriller movie of 2009.