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State of Play (2009)

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3.5 out of 10 Political Thriller has twists but falls slightly.
Michael from Galway, 13 Nov 2009
Unlike other reviewrs i am not aware of its uk predessor so i am only able to judge this movie on its merits. Leaving out crowes poor attempts at being an irish american this has strong perormances from all the cast even affleck turns in a good performance. Crowe is his usual self. Rachel adams steals the show and helen mirren as the no nonsense newspaper editor is brilliant. My problem with the film is that while there is suspense and a good twist at the end the movie fails to bring you along.
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4 out of 10 State of Play
sarah from Kerry, 03 Mar 2010
I had been highly recommended this film but it wasn't then as good as I expected, I found it slightly dark. Saying that, though, I still did enjoy it. It had a good plot. Unlike another viewer I thought Helen Mirren was excellent in the character she protrayed. Russel Crowe is always brilliant and I'm usually not too mad on Ben Afleck either but he was good in this. Definitely worth seeing if you like something with a few twists
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3 out of 10 Disappointing
Lyn from Cork, 08 Oct 2009
This is a good attempt but rather disappointing as I have already seen the brilliant UK tv serial first which was an absolute stunner. I might have scored it better if I saw the film first. All the actors are good but I couldn't help comparing back all the time even though the setting has moved from the UK to USA.
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1.5 out of 10 Watchable
Ciaran from Dublin, 18 Feb 2010
It holds your attention and the pace clips along nicely. Helen Mirren is a duck out of water as the editor. Crowe is crowe and Affleck is his usual piece of wood. The Luminous Robin wright penn is in her second movie that starts with " State of ..... the other being the vastly superior " State of Grace".
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3.5 out of 10 Political Thriller.
Alan from Dublin, 02 Jun 2010
This is something you don't get much of these days, a good political thriller that doesn't lose the plot half way through or lose your interest. Good performances from the stellar cast will keep you watching till the end.
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What's it about....
Oscar winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in an case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in State of Play, from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland). Handsome,...

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