90

Variety

By Scott Foundas
This two-ton prestige pic won’t win the hearts of highbrow critics or those averse to door-slamming, plate-smashing, top-of-the-lungs histrionics, but as a faithful filmed record of Letts’ play, one could have scarcely hoped for better.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, August: Osage County is heaven-sent.
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80

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
A vastly enjoyable theatrical banquet, if perhaps not a profound one, is served up in a bit of a rush here, as if they can't wait to get the next sitting in. But you certainly don't come away feeling hungry.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Family dysfunction has seldom been as flamboyant—or notable for its performances and flow of language—as it is in this screen version of the Tracy Letts play.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
August: Osage County is easier to watch on screen, and maybe for that we should be grateful.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
So, no, August: Osage County isn’t all that original, and sometimes it’s just a lot of yelling. But it does rouse itself to a powerful fury every so often, and Letts knows an audience’s dirty little secret: We love the bloodlust of a family feeding on itself.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The brilliant screenplay by Mr. Letts sets up the narrative story of the Weston clan in a carefully constructed series of episodes in which the family history is finally revealed. There’s great acting in every frame, but by the end of the ordeal, the viewer may be too exhausted to care.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
If the boozy epic confrontations of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" are your definition of a good time, then this is the place to be.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
A distinctly uneven but imminently watchable theatrical showcase in which cinematic and stagy devices go head to head with no clear winner.
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70

Time

By Richard Corliss
It’s Roberts’ deepest, strongest, liveliest film work.
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58 out of 100
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