75

New York Post

Could be an overwrought mess if it were in less capable hands. But Webber and Moreno are so good, it's hard to believe they're not really deeply and meaningfully in lust.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Hawke has made this movie his way and the result is a story that is by turns romantic and disquieting. It's well worth the price of admission.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Hawke, who is very good as the young man's estranged father, had best stick to what he does best.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Hawke has created a standard-issue, Sundance-friendly indie film that's full of the predictable angst suffered by Manhattan artistic types, but unfortunately the lead characters are both so callow that you finally don't care much about them.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Actor-turned-filmmaker Ethan Hawke's second feature, an adaptation of his own novel about youthful heartbreak, is hobbled by its singularly unappealing lead characters.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In The Hottest State, Hawke uses fairly standard childhood motivations for his unhappiness and reveals too little real interest in the Sara character.
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38

Chicago Tribune

This self-important movie can't save itself from being disheartening.
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38

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
The problem is the material itself, with its trite observations and shockingly flat writing.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
When Laura Linney turns up about an hour into The Hottest State, you can see the movie that might have been.
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0

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Whatever you're imagining -- self-serving self-awareness; unedited hipster mopes; yammering dear-diary script -- The Hottest State, Ethan Hawke's bathetic tale of a good-looking young actor's first heartbreak, is far worse.
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45 out of 100
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