91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Stylish, well acted drama.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's not much to it, but Austin Chick's hyper-focused indie does serve as a nicely assured showcase for lead Josh Hartnett.
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
This middling drama has no glaring faults, but simply lacks the intended urgency.
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42

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Chick's underwhelming exploration of post-millennial angst is as empty and vacant as its protagonist's inexpressive peepers.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

Another among this year's crop of features that demonstrates that having a cast with indie cred can sometimes do little to buoy a film's miscalculated execution.
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30

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
The movie's amoral momentum is fatally slowed by an acronym-heavy script and flimsy characterizations that offer fine actors -- including Rip Torn as Tom's contemptuous father and Naomie Harris as his missed opportunity -- little to play.
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20

Film Threat

Tedious and ultimately pointless film.
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20

Village Voice

August seems to be missing something essential--a prologue? Or maybe it's not what's missing that's the problem, but what's here.
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12

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
As usual, Hartnett exhibits the acting ability of linoleum; his performance would not be measurably changed if he lapsed into a coma halfway through. Only an amusing cameo by David Bowie enlivens things, but he's onscreen for just about two minutes at the end.
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39 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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