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  • Summary: This 7 1/2-hour British terrorism miniseries--which recalls "24" in its pacing, twists, and subject matter--is actually set mainly in Washington, D.C.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. "The State Within" is challengingly cerebral - but at times, it's also almost painfully visceral. Don't miss it.
  2. A cleverly crafted, ingenious thriller with only scant moments of implausibility. Most of it has the unmistakable imprint of a smart premise beautifully executed.
  3. A rip-roaring thriller... that pulls off the rare trick of being both massively intelligent and unbearably intense.
  4. 70
    Excellent acting compensates for the confusing, far-fetched moments.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    If 24 is a roller coaster, The State Within is more of a cerebral maze of treachery. One's more fun, though the other has its dark pleasures.
  6. 60
    Quick confusion in grasping the conspiracy web is understandable, but that doesn’t mean this series’ many hours... aren’t sufficiently tense and jarring to warrant your time. But if you’re even a mildly cynical A-section reader and/or devourer of suspense novels, and especially if you’ve enjoyed the many fine British multipart political thrillers that have graced our airwaves, like To Play the King and A Very British Coup and State of Play, then The State Within will seem either too familiar or too diffuse.
  7. "The State Within" has so many inauthentic touches, that-would-never-happen moments, and is so often off in the details, that it's difficult to take seriously.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. meg
    Jul 1, 2007
    10
    One of the best tv series we've seen. We watched it this week when there were terrorist incidents in London & Glasgow.
  2. JohnM
    Feb 28, 2007
    10
    Fast pased and really enjoyable to watch. This was a real treat. BBCA has been doing an outstanding job on its series and mini-series presentations.
  3. alastairp
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    gripping and very plausible drama. held my rapt attention.
  4. BenD
    Feb 20, 2007
    8
    another good bbc show
  5. EdT
    Feb 27, 2007
    8
    Joins MI-5 (Snoops) as some of the best espionage drama on the big or small screen. I'd have given it more points, I think, if I'd Joins MI-5 (Snoops) as some of the best espionage drama on the big or small screen. I'd have given it more points, I think, if I'd seen it in1 or 2 episodes without commercials. Terrific! Expand
  6. richk
    Sep 6, 2009
    8
    Got my attention and kept it. Fast pacing never let up, but a few periods of reflection would have been nice. Sometimes implausible, Nice Got my attention and kept it. Fast pacing never let up, but a few periods of reflection would have been nice. Sometimes implausible, Nice insights into what is likely actually going on. The intensity developed until the very end, like a good page turner. Replay came in handy! Expand
  7. TonyT
    Mar 2, 2007
    8
    very good. kept you interested thru the whole 7+ hours. worth watching.

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