August: Osage County Reviews

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August 29, 2019
Several cast members are in fine form, but most of them have the potential to distract rather than homogenize, and thus, Wells seems to have let everyone do what they do best and the result feels like a competition of skill.
August 7, 2019
This story of a family meltdown offers the richest payload of powerhouse female performances we're likely to see all year.
July 31, 2019
Pleasant, it is not.
July 4, 2019
There's something cathartic about Letts exorcising his own demons through his writing. And when brought to life by such world-class actors, the results are often electrifying.
June 8, 2019
Slow but bolstered by the scene-chewing relish of Streep and Roberts, August: Osage County tries but fails to be the next great take on American kitchen-sink drama.
April 3, 2019
There are so many tonal shifts, big laughs, awkward laughs, long silences, explosions of anger, and cuttingly clever jabs that your head will spin (mine almost spun right off my neck).
February 2, 2019
You aren't likely to forget this Oscar-nominated gem anytime soon.
January 17, 2019
We are intrigued by these people, but it's tough to spend much time with most of them. That's partly the point, of course, but viewers should approach with caution.
November 15, 2018
It doesn't all necessarily gel-director John Wells seems intimidated by that cast-but it's a master acting class, with Roberts' tough, brassy performance holding the whole thing together.
November 1, 2018
There's no pretty bow to tie everything up in the end as characters' worries will continue to somewhat trouble viewers even after the film is finished.
August 26, 2018
I disliked this movie so much that, figuring I must have missed something, I went and saw the darn thing again -- it was even worse the second time.
May 14, 2018
Betraying its theatrical roots, it's at times wordy, but the great acting, cutting dialogue and mesmerising characters more than make up for the occasional lull.
February 22, 2018
One movie I would pay not to see again is August: Osage County. The new Meryl Streep does the one thing a film should never do: it still feels like a play.
November 15, 2017
There's not one weak link in the portrayals of this train-wreck of a family.
October 20, 2017
... this is a very quality film-it's just that it does, at times, feel like a stage play.
September 27, 2017
Still, as a story of dysfunctionality begetting dyfunctionality, it packs a blackly funny punch, and Streep's performance is a thing to behold: a venomous arachnid at the centre of a web of familial cruelty.
June 21, 2016
The A-list cast makes it a good watch, and the impressive production design makes for a suitable-enough stage replacement.
June 18, 2016
Problem is, with about ten families' worth of dysfunction packed in, and no happy resolution, what kind of a cinematic experience is it? The fingernails-on-a-blackboard kind.
April 8, 2016
This cast and crew is so well suited to bring this story to life that it's nearly serendipitous, and the film will play like catnip to fans of the play.
May 12, 2015
Every ill-considered editing choice here bears the sticky fingerprints of statuette-grubbing producer Harvey Weinstein, attempting to tame this rough material for mass consumption by Oscar voters.
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