100

Premiere

This is a smart script. There is a wealth of twists, but none of them have to beat you over the head.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Spins a thorny tale of political corruption laced with personal sleaze.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Acting-wise, the showstopper is Jason Bateman, with a diabolically entertaining turn as a smarmy PR man remarkably free with confidential information.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Affleck may strike you as off-putting at first, hitting wrong emotional notes, but hang on. State of Play keeps the twists coming.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
For about 115 minutes, State of Play tells an alarming, tightly constructed story, with serious things to say about journalism and the state of the country. The movie appears to be all but over - and likely to stand as one of the best films of 2009. And then the filmmakers add one last embellishment, and they blow it.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Intelligent and engrossing saga.
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70

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result is a paper-thin alliance between the old-school Cal and the new-media Della. Crowe, husky and whisky-voiced, is warm amidst all the plot mechanics, and McAdams, perky and efficient, is a smart foil for him.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The overall lack of subtlety is a riot - there's even a cautionary production of "Peter and the Wolf" happening in the background during one journalist-politician showdown at a Beltway gala. Still, it's a pleasure watching this cast make the most of the material.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
There is nothing we haven't seen here before in terms of chases, intrigue and betrayals, so for all its A-list cast and production values, the film comes off as routine.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's simply too much stuff for a two-hour feature, and three writers, including Tony Gilroy, haven't figured out how to boil it down into a readily comprehensible narrative, or how to solve the problem of an ending that goes blah rather than bang.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.