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August Reviews

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David D'Arcy
Screen International
December 1, 2008
This one has nothing extraordinary about it to compensate for seven years' staleness.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
A movie that makes a good initial public offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 27, 2008
If you want to see ignorant self destruction, see Troy Duffy in "Overnight" and forget this film---the worst mistake Josh Hartnett has made in his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Marshall Fine
Star Magazine
July 16, 2008
While this modest indie offers high-tension plotting, it's real substance is the contrast between Hartnett's charismatic, hard-charging business persona and his intimacy-challenged real-life relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 16, 2008
Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August, a shrewdly dramatized look back at the bursting of the dot-com bubble.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Anderson
July 14, 2008
Smartly scripted, convincingly atmospheric morality fable in which Hartnett, usually insubstantial as a good guy, plays a convincingly flawed character galloping toward the precipice.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2008
...the picture ... provides Josh Hartnett with one of his most interesting roles, and it elicits one of his sharpest performances.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 11, 2008
This stylish, well acted drama chronicles one once-successful dot-com's efforts to stay afloat in the wake of the Internet boom's bust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 11, 2008
Only an amusing cameo by David Bowie enlivens things, but he's onscreen for just about two minutes at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 11, 2008
There's not much to it, but Austin Chick's hyper-focused indie does serve as a nicely assured showcase for lead Josh Hartnett.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 11, 2008
Has a dark desperation thatā(TM)s morbidly compelling. But the movieā(TM)s amoral momentum is fatally slowed by an acronym-heavy script and flimsy characterizations that offer fine actors...little to play.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Brenner
July 10, 2008
all gloss and pizzazz but mostly pizz and no azz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 10, 2008
August is a brooding, boring indie drama about the death of the culture-wide hallucination that was the dot-com bubble, and the moment when countless dot-com millionaires on paper became real-life paupers.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Pais
July 10, 2008
Merely serves to watch a company's ashes fall without really considering what started the fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 10, 2008
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.
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2008
Rodman's potentially intriguing idea about the 2001 crash of the dot-com biz just months before 9/11 is poorly executed by helmer Chick (XX/XY), who doesn't take full advantage of his star cast, headed by Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris and David Bowie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
July 7, 2008
A procession of anger mismanagement protagonist episodes of rude behavior with assorted unbelievably receptive babes, and a glutton-for-punishment old flame (Naomie Harris) whom he manages to re-con into bed, before she wises up all over again.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 7, 2008
Hartnett does windbag cockiness well, yet the overriding conception of his character and the Dot Com phenom in general is so straightforward and unrevealing that his effort goes for naught.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 2, 2008
The direction by somebody called Austin Chick gives the appearance of being phoned in from an Internet bar in another town.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2008
The actors are not well supported by Howard A. Rodman's self-satisfied script, which would rather tell than show, relying at several points on long, smug speeches that bring the narrative to a grinding halt.
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