State of Play
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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).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 205
- Fresh: 172
- Rotten: 33
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This is a smart, knowing addition to the great tradition of 1970s paranoid political thrillers, and as such includes several references to Watergate as well as featuring, as it had to, a tense sequence in an underground car-park.
Rotten: It's a prestige picture all the way, supercompetent, polished, watchable - but oddly unexciting.
Fresh: Pacy, thought-provoking entertainment. Not perfect, but well worth the admission.
Fresh: This is exhilarating, compulsive storytelling and looks likely to be one of the year's cinematic highlights.
Really loved this movie. Is a MIND thriller, not "action with blood and guts and many, many meaningless car chases, gratuitous sex or unnecessary bad language or destruction of property." If you want to see a movie based on good acting, a mystery, thriller plot that makes you think, multiple twists and a great story, great cast, and great directing, this is the movie for you. IT IS NOT BORING! Just not the usual blood and guts, killing and destruction that makes most action movies succeed monetarily. Well worth the watch.
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.
Needs more praise
This is a great movie. It is well written, acted, and filmed. There should have been more praise for this movie, I told many friends and family to go see it, and not a single one was disappointed. Don't miss out now because you missed it in the theatre.