Thriller - This is a political conspiracy thriller/mystery aimed at adult
moviegoers. Stars of the entire cast will be pleased though Ben
Affleck fans may be disappointed by his smaller amount of screen
than co-stars Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams. Mature subject
matter makes the film inappropriate for children, who would be bored
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 15 S-words, 2 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Beatings and shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and frequent alcohol. ACTION: A car collision and gunplay. COMEDY: Occasional wisecracks.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good There's no question that State of Play feels a little rushed and the density of plot can be daunting, but the resulting tale unfolds with an urgency and sense of verisimilitude that will keep most viewers intrigued and involved without losing many along the way.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'State of Play' is a smart, ingenious thriller set in the halls of Congress and the city room of a newspaper not unlike the Washington Post.
USA TodayFull Review Good Though it is a well-crafted political thriller, State of Play may actually have more to say about the beleaguered state of print journalism than about governmental shenanigans.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 189 moviegoers:
Great Reviews from all ages, both male and female. Virtually everyone enjoyed "State of Play" very much. Only a few were slightly disappointed. Highly Recommended!
Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the
future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman
of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to
be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research
assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a
ruthless editor, Cameron (Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to
investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the
killer's identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the
nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos,
he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love
or life is ever safe.