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The Hottest State

R Released Aug 24, 2007 1h 56m Drama Romance List
32% Tomatometer 53 Reviews 52% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
A struggling actor (Mark Webber) and his lover (Catalina Sandino Moreno) have a rocky relationship. Read More Read Less

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Despite strong performances and a unique style, The Hottest State is too self-conscious and pretentious to truly succeed.

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Cliff Doerksen Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Christopher Orr The New Republic If nothing else, Hawke has managed to recreate, with neurological immediacy, the sensation of being harassed by a selfish, clueless ex-lover. Sep 22, 2008 Full Review Peter Keough Boston Phoenix Breaking up is hard to do. So is making a movie about it. Ethan Hawke, in his adaptation of his own novel, doesn't try very hard. Or maybe he tries too hard. Rated: 2/4 Apr 23, 2009 Full Review Heather Huntington The film is perfectly fine indie fare, but the plot and the characters seem a little more self-indulgently autobiographical than compelling. Rated: 5/10 Aug 26, 2008 Full Review Prairie Miller NewsBlaze Though there are some nutty and offbeat moments in The Hottest State, these young characters fail to generate any chemistry or 'heated state,' despite their tender years and simmering hormones. Dec 4, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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steve d There is just not enough to it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Borne out of a novel written by Ethan Hawke The Hottest State is a valiant effort and one that should get more artsy credence thrown towards Mr. Hawke's way. The Hottest State makes two interesting changes from the book. The first is to move the vacation location from Paris to Mexico. The reason for this is likely due to economic and/or logistical factors, but it's seamless. For the purposes of the story, one location does as well as the other. The second change is to replace the book's overweight, "funny looking" Sarah with the gorgeous Moreno. This subtly alters the dynamic between William and Sarah. The Hottest State is a little talky but the conversations are generally true-to-life and interesting. The book is perceptive and the movie, which directly excerpts whole conversations from it, is no less so. This kind of thing that can happen when the writer of the source material has complete creative control over the movie adaptation. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review william s How cool and self aware this picture feels about itself is totally unwarranted.....pretentious piece of crap. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The folksy music assists the storyline with mood and emotions that compliment the actors as they expound the script. Naturalistic acting gives an overall sense of the complicated web of the mind as it seeks to comprehend the beauty within a relationship. Softly acted, bringing forth many thoughts and emotions as the heart breaks. Nibbles: Carrot cake and butterscotch sauce. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A játékid? egy jelent?s részében ez töltötte ki a gondolataimat: "Zzzzzzzzzzz..." A maradékban pedig ez (ahogy a f?h?s verg?dését elnéztem): "Mi a f@sz bajod van neked???" Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member let it be, and leave the past behind you....that's all. I know it's hard but all you gotta do is move along, move along, even when your hope is gone move along... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A struggling actor (Mark Webber) and his lover (Catalina Sandino Moreno) have a rocky relationship.
Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
R (Language|Sexual Content)
Drama, Romance
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 24, 2007, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 20, 2020
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 56m
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