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August: Osage County

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Wells

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About the Movie

Academy Award® Winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star in the darkly hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives converge when a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional mother who raised them. Based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Director John Wells skillfully translates from stage to screen, leading an all-star cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 181
  • Fresh: 116
  • Rotten: 65
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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, Jan 9, 2014

Fresh: Not a great movie but a fine guilty pleasure of acting excess. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jan 9, 2014

Fresh: 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, Jan 12, 2014

Fresh: 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, Jan 10, 2014

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Customer Reviews

depends on what you’ve experienced

If you’ve been through anything similar to what happens in this movie, you’ll know that it is actually very good. I can’t help but think that the people who have given this a horrible review did so either because it hit way too close to home or they have no idea whatsoever what is going on here. Anyway, I think it’s great. And Meryl Streep is truly wonderful.

Awful Movie

I wanted to watch this movie because of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. What a terrible movie. While there may have been some a story in this movie the yelling, the screaming, the anger and constant swearing all greatly distracted from any possible plot.

Do not waste your money on this. This movie is not fun to watch and is just plain horrible.

No redeeming value...what so ever

Great actors displaying the worst of human experience with no balance, purpose or meaning. Save your money, your time, your emotions for a movie where these actors are being directed with direction and purpose. There is no question the acting is fantastic...the directing is horrible! This movie could have been great...but IT IS NOT!