State of Play

132 mins
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This much anticipated remake of the BBC TV series (of the same name), is a political thriller about a team... More

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State of Play | Ratings & Reviews

"In the end, though, it's Crowe who must carry the most freight, which he does with another characterization to relish. Still bulky, although not as much so as in "Body of Lies," long-tressed and somewhat grizzled, he finds the gist of the affable eccentricity, natural obsessiveness and mainstream contrarianism that marks many professional journalists."


"A twisty substantial thriller, faithfully adapted from a standout BBC mini-series. It’s not as exceptional as its source but the changes implemented mostly enhance rather than harm the story."

Total FilmTotal Film

"A superficially clever, self-important and finally incoherent thriller."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"The movie never quite attains altitude. It has a great takeoff, levels nicely, and then seems to land on autopilot. Maybe it's the problem of resolving so much plot in a finite length of time, but it seems a little too facile toward the end."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"Fitfully engaging political thriller wastes good source material."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"With such a great story forming the backbone of this, it would have been a travesty to get it wrong. While it lacks the slow build of tension, and the character and relationship texture and back-story that six hours of television has the time and freedom to build, the film manages to condense State of Play into a pretty compelling few hours in the cinema."


"Somehow when State of Play should be at its stomach-clenching best, the tension simply evaporates."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"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."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Once you get over the unlikelihood of Affleck and Crowe as buddies, State Of Play stands as a sterling thriller, benefiting from admirable convictions and an arguable return to form by Russell Crowe."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"If you are of a mood for a well-put-together and absorbing thriller, you should not be disappointed."

Dominion PostDominion Post

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