August: Osage County Reviews

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January 24, 2014
This is a movie about crummy mummies in which everyone looks their age. That will strike many as a downer but I was left wanting more.
January 23, 2014
The movie version of Tracy Letts's award-winning Broadway stage play looks classy, but doesn't add up to anything very nourishing.
January 23, 2014
This star-studded shout-off generates none of the heat and intensity of Tracy Letts' stage play.
January 21, 2014
A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama.
January 21, 2014
This star-studded loopy melodrama is brash, foul-mouthed, self-consciously offensive, intermittently insightful and has a gaping hole where its heart should be.
January 12, 2014
August: Osage County is all about the acting. That makes sense because the storyline doesn't offer much that could be considered new or remarkable.
January 11, 2014
With so many scenes that end in harsh emotional purging, there's little opportunity for the cast to put the fun in dysfunctional.
January 10, 2014
August: Osage County is easier to watch on screen, and maybe for that we should be grateful. But there's also something to be said for sitting shell-shocked afterward, shaken and relieved to be free from witnessing more of this family's downfall.
January 10, 2014
Although a couple of performances here may earn Oscar nominations, by the time you've sat through the wreckage, you're left with the sense that this really must have worked better onstage.
January 10, 2014
Letts loves manic people, twisted situations and barbed lines that cut with glee and he's disturbingly good at delivering all three.
January 10, 2014
It is Roberts who makes August: Osage County watchable, and more: As Barbara, the actress' wariness and weariness, her caustic humor - deployed to hide a deep sadness - all ring true.
January 9, 2014
Offers a nightmare vision of what happens when gaudy histrionics poison a powerhouse ensemble.
January 9, 2014
Watching it, you may feel like slipping out of the room, closing the door quietly behind you.
January 9, 2014
Not a great movie but a fine guilty pleasure of acting excess.
January 9, 2014
The problem was that director John Wells did not understand the play, or at the very least, he did not make his actors understand the play, even at its most basic level.
January 9, 2014
By the time the movie's climax comes round, the combined fate of this trio is heartbreakingly sad.
January 9, 2014
With a talent roster this large and a script this pointed, there's not much more director Wells can do than get out of the way - and indeed, that's what he does.
January 9, 2014
The cloistered farmhouse setting, the surfeit of familiar faces, and the furious emotional pitch all contribute to the stifling sense of claustrophobia that's so key to Letts's writing.
January 9, 2014
These are tremendous actors, and maybe it all worked better on the stage.
January 9, 2014
For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, "August: Osage County" is heaven-sent.
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