Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
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  1. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    Jan 9, 2014
    91
    August: Osage County goes to some heavy places, upturning long-buried resentments and secrets. It can be a lot to take at times, but Letts’ knack for dark humor, and Streep’s flawless delivery of the same, allows for levity when the tale is at its most bleak.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 13, 2013
    90
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jan 9, 2014
    88
    For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, August: Osage County is heaven-sent.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 9, 2014
    83
    There's a pervasive cruelty, a condescension toward common folks like the Westons that's frequently off-putting, even as we're laughing.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 52
  2. Negative: 10 out of 52
  1. Dec 25, 2013
    10
    Meryl Streep proves once again that she is the best. She was the best of the movie, Julia was also good, the whole cast was amazing. YouMeryl Streep proves once again that she is the best. She was the best of the movie, Julia was also good, the whole cast was amazing. You really have to go and see this movie. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2014
    1
    The quality of the stars in this movie and their acting was the ONLY reason this movie even rated a 1. It was everything I could not to walkThe quality of the stars in this movie and their acting was the ONLY reason this movie even rated a 1. It was everything I could not to walk out on this horrible assault. I kept hoping it would turn into something worthwhile. HUGE wast of time and money!!! Wish I could erase this movie from my memory. It was just terrible!!! Full Review »
  3. Dec 29, 2013
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. There is no way not to love Meryl Streep at all times, but you spend the whole movie watching her tear apart the scenery like Mechagodzilla and keep thinking "what a great actress" instead of "I believe this character could exist".
    Like most people on Earth, I have not seen the play on which this movie was based. I didn't even know it was based on a play but assumed it was very early into movie as all the actors begin assembling into small rooms to give speeches at one another very loudly.
    So many ridiculous causes for drama and conflict are packed into one film it becomes laughable, as hard as you are trying to take this seriously because so many good actors are obviously trying to on screen. The alcoholic father. The pill popping venomous mother. Suicide. Cancer. Familial dysfunction. Incest. Marital strife. Sibling rivalry. Mental illness. Teenage angst. All trotted out one after another to keep the actors acting on full blast. Why are Ewan Macgregor and Benedict Cumberbatch cast as two weasly Midwestern dopes? Because there's more acting to be done when you have to barely pull off a believable accent.
    Subtle this movie ain't. Just to make sure you understand that Juliette Lewis' boyfriend is a rich douchebag, he needs to drive a red Ferrari convertible at 90mph everywhere and blast "livin la vida loca" on the stereo. Really? Like someone has listened to that song in ten years.
    Listen, this movie was actually enjoyable for a while in the same way that one of those caught on camera shows is. But after a while you get numbed to the car accidents and wanna switch it off.
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