Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Stylish, well acted drama.
  3. There's not much to it, but Austin Chick's hyper-focused indie does serve as a nicely assured showcase for lead Josh Hartnett.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    This middling drama has no glaring faults, but simply lacks the intended urgency.
  5. 42
    Chick's underwhelming exploration of post-millennial angst is as empty and vacant as its protagonist's inexpressive peepers.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    40
    Another among this year's crop of features that demonstrates that having a cast with indie cred can sometimes do little to buoy a film's miscalculated execution.
  7. The movie's amoral momentum is fatally slowed by an acronym-heavy script and flimsy characterizations that offer fine actors -- including Rip Torn as Tom's contemptuous father and Naomie Harris as his missed opportunity -- little to play.
  8. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    20
    Tedious and ultimately pointless film.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    20
    August seems to be missing something essential--a prologue? Or maybe it's not what's missing that's the problem, but what's here.
  10. 12
    As usual, Hartnett exhibits the acting ability of linoleum; his performance would not be measurably changed if he lapsed into a coma halfway through. Only an amusing cameo by David Bowie enlivens things, but he's onscreen for just about two minutes at the end.

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