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75

Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
You may want to revisit this profanely hilarious Hollywood satire. . .just to catch the zingers the audience often drowns out with laughter. Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
90
A bona fide populist laugh riot.
90
A quintessentially wised-up insider comedy, ideally cast and filled with sharp writing from start to finish.
88
New York Daily News
Gently hilarious comedy.
88
Baltimore Sun
A snarling satire of Hollywood single-mindedness and its lack of any moral underpinning.
80
Dallas Observer
This is probably the funniest Mamet piece to date (but not the weightiest), and it might be destined to take a seat alongside "The Player" and "Sunset Boulevard" in the front row of movieland satires.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
His (Mamet) direction is unobtrusive, unflashy, and always willing to allow the hilarious cast all the room it needs.
70
Mamet's jabs at Tinseltown's silken ruthlessness are quietly pointed, and the ensemble cast -- even the brittle and sometimes annoying Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) -- is brilliant.
60
Salon
At its best, State and Main is fast and sharp, but when a movie like this goes off the rails, it's more disappointing than when a bad movie does.
50
Village Voice
State and Main is a Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.

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