State of Grace


Action / Crime / Drama / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 18227


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Robin Wright as Kathleen Flannery
Gary Oldman as Jackie Flannery
Sean Penn as Terry Noonan
Ed Harris as Frankie Flannery
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2hr 14 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Gino Cox 6 / 10

Good, but dated

"State of Grace" is not one of those films that I would consider ageless or that seem to mellow with age, like "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo" or "2001: A Space Odyssey." It has an impressive roster of talented actors in early roles, but that may be a two-edged sword, as viewed for the first time in 2017, they serve as constant reminders of how old the film really is. By contemporary standards, the pace seems slow, with too much emotion and not enough action. It lacks the eye candy of contemporary films, such as elaborate fights, pyrotechnics, white-knuckle car chases, parkour acrobatics, etc. The gun battles seem of the caliber of episodic television series, at least until the final slow-mo scene. After cruising along in second gear for nearly two hours, the climax seems rushed, propelled by new information from who knows where. The fade-out as denouement leaves the audience uncertain, not only as to the fate of several principal characters, but also as to the meaning of it all. What lesson did the protagonist learn and what insight is the audience supposed to take away and apply to their own lives?

While the film is definitely worth viewing, I also felt somehow disappointed. Yes, filmmakers needed to go there to get to where they are now, but it would have been so much better if they could have somehow jumped ahead a quarter of a century and adopted contemporary techniques.

Reviewed by Joel Newman 7 / 10

Some thoughts -

Gary Oldman's facial features don't look much like Ed Harris's; I think the casting director or whoever makes these decisions should try to find actors who have similar faces (if they're going to play siblings). And it's not original: an undercover cop. So what? Although it's been said that there's only a handful of stories and it's not the story itself but the way it's told. The slow mo shootout at the end is questionable. I mean, it's a hard core slow mo shoot out (a la John Woo/Sam Peckinpah) but why did it have to be in a bar? Why not a public place with bystanders getting caught in the cross fire? I suppose the writer Dennis McIntyre (died during the making or shortly after/R.I.P) or whoever made the decision thought it was clever to be 'circular' i.e. have an ending that relates to the beginning. And it was kind of clever and subtle. I'm very critical. Don't get me wrong, State of Grace is a decent film. I've watched it countless times over the years; I like it's themes i.e. facing your fears and the love of money as the root of evil; brother turning on brother, juxtaposed against the catholic underpinnings. And I like it's style. And I like Ennio Morricone's music; it sticks in my head. And it's well acted (possibly overacted). And the photography's good. And it's got a great line up of actors, and New York looks so good in this; captured in such a deliberate way; rarely is there sunlight; it's usually overcast/wet or at night. Phil Joanou's a thoughtful director; those tracking shots....beautiful. Come to think of it, one of the things I like about State of Grace is that it's deep, serious, somber and filled with great actors playing unpleasant, unhappy people whereas there are so many 'upbeat', superficial and shallow films and TV shows (especially TV shows). And you get to see Robin Wright semi nude. And you get to watch Gary Oldman go wild. And Ed Harris's an awesome actor. And R.D. Call (who plays Pat Nicholson) is such a good psychotic; that was good casting.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 10 / 10

Searing gangster epic

Phil Joanou's State Of Grace had the unfortunate luck of being released in 1990, the same year that also saw Scorsese's Goodfellas and the third Godfather film. It's hard to gain your footing when that kind of momentum is surging about, but this film is as good as the others, and deserves recognition or at least some kind of re-release. Set in the blistering inferno of Hell's Kitchen, NYC, it's a violent tale of Irish Mobsters, undercover cops, betrayal and murder, set to a smoky, mournful Ennio Morricone score that lingers in the air like smog. Sean Penn is Terry Noonan, a deep cover operative who returns to his childhood neighbourhood to reconnect with old friends, and dig up buried grudges. Ed Harris is Frankie Flannery, ruthless gangster and former ally, while Gary Oldman plays his hotheaded brother Jackie with a tank full of nitrous and the kind of unpredictable, dynamite fuse potency one expects to see from a David Lynch character. The three of them are on a collision course set in the grimy streets of New York, bound by old loyalties yet destined to clash and draw new blood. Penn shares the screen with his once wife Robin Wright here, looking lovely as ever. There's also supporting turns from John Turturro, John C. Reilly, R.D. Call, a geriatric Burgess Meredith and an unbilled cameo from James Russo. Penn, Harris and especially Oldman are like flint sparks, a trio that won't be stopped and light up the screen for a spellbinding, visceral two hours until their eventual confrontation, hauntingly shot by cinematographer " in the midst of a bustling St. Patrick's Day parade. This one has been somewhat lost to the ages, like a number of other stellar crime dramas I can think of from the nineties. The cast, score and Joanou's thoughtful direction make it an unforgettable piece of work.

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