This star-studded loopy melodrama is brash, foul-mouthed, self-consciously offensive, intermittently insightful and has a gaping hole where its heart should be.
Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 2014-01-21
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.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2014-01-12
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.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 2014-01-10
Letts loves manic people, twisted situations and barbed lines that cut with glee and he's disturbingly good at delivering all three.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-01-10
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-01-10
Not a great movie but a fine guilty pleasure of acting excess.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-01-09
By the time the movie's climax comes round, the combined fate of this trio is heartbreakingly sad.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2014-01-09
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.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2014-01-09
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.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2014-01-09
For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, "August: Osage County" is heaven-sent.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2014-01-09
A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama.
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 2014-01-21
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.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2014-01-10
Offers a nightmare vision of what happens when gaudy histrionics poison a powerhouse ensemble.
Michael Sragow, Orange County Register, 2014-01-09
Watching it, you may feel like slipping out of the room, closing the door quietly behind you.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2014-01-09
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.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-01-09
The film can't transcend its theatrical, non-naturalistic roots. An experience that should be shattering is merely battering.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-01-09
These are tremendous actors, and maybe it all worked better on the stage.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-01-09
There are things to enjoy in "August: Osage County," mainly around the edges. But there's a serious case of miscasting at the center.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2014-01-09
Cluttering this adaptation with so many identifiable actors and zooming in on them for Nora Desmond-like close-ups detracts from Letts' wounding blitz of sentences.
Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News, 2014-01-06
The director John Wells's adaptation of Tracy Letts's play sits awkwardly on the screen.
David Denby, New Yorker, 2014-01-06