August: Osage County Synopsis
The dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Superb Acting in Dark Film

By bloomie
As always, Meryl Streep does not disappoint. Her acting was amazing as was that of most of the cast. Chris Cooper played a compassionate part in a film that was otherwise very very dark. Do not...

So Nice I Watched It Twice

By psaroudis
I should preface this review by saying I typically despise these dark, slice-o'-life drama, as I could just as well go live my own life, if I wanted a dark slice o' life rather than escape to the...

August: Osage County

By mscoutts
When I first heard of this movie and what it was about I knew it was going to be intense....but after finding out about the all-star cast I knew I had to see it. So I was right....the family...

Bring your anti depressants

By Bonnlee
The movie was good but man oh man what a downer! Great acting and a bit over the top. The good part about this movie is that I didn't have any real feelings for any of the characters so it was a...

Not sure what to think...

By Archie Moonshine
I'm not sure what to think about this movie, but I know I liked it. It tells the story of a dysfunctional family in the middle of a huge train-wreck. But what a magnificent train wreck it is. Strong,...

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By turboflyn
Love meryl streep! this was excellent I laugh'd I cried a bunch made me feel like my family bs is not soooo off the chart.....excellent...enjoyed every minute at one part of the movie i was physically...

August: Osage County

By dixonbruce
Great acting but this was the most dismal, depressing movie about a horribly dysfunctional family that I have ever seen! I don't recommend it for any age....

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf!

By hidavidbrown
Lots of shouting and obnoxious, drunk characters to watch if you like that sort of thing. The character development felt "forced", each one getting their chance to out-over-act the next. Meryl...

Tacky story about tacky people.

By EX 007
Waste ( a lot) of time in a story about people uyou will not be drawn to or interested i nor sympathtic for. Acting is often over the top, casting OK. Stay away or go see something better-like...

August: Osage County

By rpassonneau
The acting is terrific, but the story line hits on a single, grim note throughout so that by the end, despite a lot of dramatic revelation,this film is too monotonous....

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Rated R | For Language, Drug Material and Sexual References
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Affecting but exhausting dysfunctional-family drama.
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