The Hottest State Synopsis
A young actor falls in love with a singer/songwriter and is forced to come to terms with his own past.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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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Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Whatever you're imagining -- self-serving self-awareness; unedited hipster mopes; yammering dear-diary script -- The Hottest State, Ethan...
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Great Indie Film

By SoCalDeirdre
Excellent film, excellent soundtrack! Go see it! I haven't read the book it is based on yet, but I think I might go check it out now....

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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Moody relationship drama is best for adults.
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