State of Play

State of Play
State of Play
  • PG-13
  • 2h 6m
  • 2009
Certified Fresh84%
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Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams & Helen Mirren in the gripping thriller about deception, manipulation & corruption. When D.C. Reporter Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) is assigned to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician (Affleck), he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation’s power structures. In a town of spin-doctors and wealthy power brokers, he will discover one truth: when fortunes are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is safe. From director Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland, State of Play brings together strong performances, riveting suspense and is “sophisticated, intelligent and powerful” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.
Reviews
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf
Fresh

December 14, 2018
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall
Fresh

It's really a story about the romance of newspapers and a good one - part of a tradition that goes...

June 21, 2017
The Age (Australia)
Jake Wilson
Fresh

State of Play succeeds as mainstream entertainment to the point where it hardly makes sense to com...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

Despite the clichéd nature of much of the dialogue and the derivative thriller set-ups, 'State of...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Mature, well-acted thriller mixes violence and politics.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Russell Crowe/Ben Affleck thriller is a mix of violence, political intrigue, and sexual innuendo -- all mature themes that are unlikely to appeal to young viewers. Characters steal, drink, smoke, and lie to the point where it's unclear who's the victim and who's the victimizer. There's some strong language (including a couple exclamations of "f--k"), drinking, and smoking as well. Sexuality is more discussed (including conversations about adultery and three-ways) than shown, except for some flirting between a couple of characters.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:April 17, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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