(2004)

Critic Reviews

35

Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
50
Chicago Sun-Times
The performances are strong, although undermined a little by Anselmo's peculiar style of dialogue, which sometimes sounds more like experimental poetry or song lyrics than like speech.
50
Anselmo, basing his script on a true story, juggles more plots than a full season of "The O.C.," setting his cast adrift in a sea of soap-opera bubbles.
50
New York Daily News
The film's biggest problem is its psychologically false ending. Having created a complex relationship, Anselmo seems to throw up his hands at the end and admit he doesn't have a clue about how to resolve it.
50
Though there's nothing especially terrible about Stateside, there's nothing terribly special about it either.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
The finely observed moments in Stateside accumulate little emotional power. The promise of something startling and compelling goes unfulfilled, and the arc of the central love story isn't interesting enough to sustain the drama.
40
Freighted with far more serious issues than most movies of its kind but neglects or glosses over most of them.
38
Chicago Tribune
Ultimately, Stateside ends up a diluted, scattered drama--less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
25
Entertainment Weekly
If you were looking for an actress to play a tempestuous, schizophrenic movie-slash-rock star, you might go for Courtney Love or Angelina Jolie, or maybe even Jennifer Connelly. But Rachael Leigh Cook?
25
New York Post
Anselmo handles sensitive issues not with kid gloves, but with a metaphorical baseball mitt, fumbling with tone and obviously laboring to force quirks upon characters and situations.
25
Charlotte Observer
Writer-director Reverge Anselmo has created a movie of ineptness so perfect and unified as to boggle the mind.

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