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6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
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  1. MichaelF.
    Jul 31, 2001
    7
    This is a very smart little movie that delivers the laughs very well. Extremely smart but towards the end just gets plain boring. The characters lose their touch, but all of the acting is supurb! The movie plays out as if it were a play and in fact would make a good play too (David Mamet showing us his playwrite side). Not Mamet's best ("House of Games") but its still a good solid This is a very smart little movie that delivers the laughs very well. Extremely smart but towards the end just gets plain boring. The characters lose their touch, but all of the acting is supurb! The movie plays out as if it were a play and in fact would make a good play too (David Mamet showing us his playwrite side). Not Mamet's best ("House of Games") but its still a good solid movie. Worth the $3 to rent. Expand
  2. YoonMinC.
    Oct 10, 2003
    8
    Hard-hitting urbanite Mamet situates his usual story of hucksters and conmen in a quiet little NE town where the folks are not as simpleminded as they may first seem. The Mametisms here should by now be well-known to everyone. There is the signature cynicism taking advantage of wide-eyed trust; you have the hardened dupes retaliating in like manner. There are hidden motives, personal Hard-hitting urbanite Mamet situates his usual story of hucksters and conmen in a quiet little NE town where the folks are not as simpleminded as they may first seem. The Mametisms here should by now be well-known to everyone. There is the signature cynicism taking advantage of wide-eyed trust; you have the hardened dupes retaliating in like manner. There are hidden motives, personal grudges, downright greed, and vanity fueling the engine for most of human behavior. Only two people--both playwrights--are good which may be Mamet patting the likes of himself on the back a bit too gently. The acting is good but limited as the movie never strives for anything other than light satire. The sense of irony evident in situations--moral or plotwise--is bit too obvious and the ending too pat. One even wonders if this would have worked better as a play than as a movie. Still, Mamet's control of his material and the medium is impeccable; without the customary mushiness and with a ruthlessness that doesn't degenerate into pointless ugliness, this is overall a well-observed movie about clash of egos, instability of values, and the power of money. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Sep 4, 2004
    9
    Unlike The Coen Brothers' "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou", David Mamet's "State and Main" doesn't treat smalltown folks like affected hayseeds. In Mamet's world, the denizens of Vermont are allowed to be sophisticated, which could also an affectation, but it's better to be portrayed as smart rather than dumb. They're allowed to know the names of obscure Unlike The Coen Brothers' "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou", David Mamet's "State and Main" doesn't treat smalltown folks like affected hayseeds. In Mamet's world, the denizens of Vermont are allowed to be sophisticated, which could also an affectation, but it's better to be portrayed as smart rather than dumb. They're allowed to know the names of obscure playwrights, read Variety, and interact with Hollywood types without being at a disadvantage. Mamet's great achievement here is finding the right tone for the assembled film team. The rustic charm of the town and its inhabitants softens the pretty people's urban edge without effacing their immoral centers. At the center of "State and Main", is the wonderful pairing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rebecca Pidgeon, who have the starry-eyed wonder of young lovers from "Our Town". They have a lot of chemistry. Who knew? Expand
  4. ChrisL.
    Jan 25, 2001
    8
    Great film. William H. Macy and Alec Bladwin do a great job.
  5. MichaelO.
    Feb 9, 2001
    10
    Sharp dialogue and intertesting characters that I really cared about. A lot of fun.
  6. VD
    Nov 30, 2002
    10
    I loved it.
  7. NasjadeV.
    Feb 3, 2005
    8
    Good tempo, nice references. Overall very enjoyable.
  8. Shane
    Jun 19, 2003
    10
    Philip Seymour Hoffman's greatest acting job, ever.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Gently hilarious comedy.
  2. 70
    Mamet's jabs at Tinseltown's silken ruthlessness are quietly pointed, and the ensemble cast -- even the brittle and sometimes annoying Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) -- is brilliant.
  3. A snarling satire of Hollywood single-mindedness and its lack of any moral underpinning.