• Released
  • April 17, 2009
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 58 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 901 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: An investigative journalist (Russell Crowe) stumbles into a cover-up of gigantic proportions as he and his partner probe the murder of a beloved congressman's (Ben Affleck) mistress.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For brief drug content, some violence, sexual references and language
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Mature, well-acted thriller mixes violence and politics.
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