August: Osage County

August: Osage County

August: Osage County

The Westons, a dysfunctional Oklahoma family, come together to rally around the clan's dying matriarch in an ensemble lead by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Based on the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning black comedy play by Tracy Letts (Killer Joe). 

When Violet (Streep) becomes terminally ill, her husband hires a caregiver and then goes AWOL. The estranged Weston clan congregate at the family homestead to give support, and inevitably rattle the skeletons in the closet. Violet and Barbara (Roberts) are at constant odds, while the rest of the family slowly spirals out of control in the background. The high-class cast also includes Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Dermot Mulroney, Abigail Breslin and Chris Cooper.

2014Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language and mature themes121 minsUSA
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August: Osage County / Reviews

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Katharine Hepburn once said that while watching Meryl Streep you could see the wheels turning in her head. That's a rare distraction, but it invades Streep's otherwise impressive turn as a pill-addled matriarch in Tracy Letts' adaptation of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning play. Streep so inhabits the complex Violet in August: Osage County that it's virtually impossible to envision anyone else in the role, let alone focus on the other stars in the film. But as she rides the highs and lows of the meds, her performance teeters between the brilliant and the OTT.

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Variety

Variety

This two-ton prestige pic won't win the hearts of highbrow critics or those averse to door-slamming, plate-smashing, top-of-the-lungs histrionics, but as a faithful filmed record of Letts' play, one could have scarcely hoped for better.

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Time Out

Time Out

The movie may be all ephemerally simple pleasures when compared to the play's durable grand statements-but they're pleasures nonetheless.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It is possible that Mr. Wells has simply mishandled the material, riding roughshod over subtleties and muffling bravura moments.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

[Writer] Letts is one of the most formidable talents around today, but in handling his screenplay with such kid gloves, Wells puts a passenger in the driver's seat.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Roberts is startlingly effective in her grim, hard-driving role... At its best, the story does subtly communicate the sensation that all these characters are the stars of their own bigger worlds. But it’s all more grotesque than immersive.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An entertaining adaptation, delivering flavorful rewards in some sharp supporting turns that flank the central mother-daughter adversaries.

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