August: Osage County
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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts' play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. (c) Weinstein
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"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
"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
"Nothing makes you feel better about your dysfunctional family at the holidays than watching a messed-up clan unravel on screen, only armed with better zingers and prettier faces. That describes this adaptation of Tracy Letts's star-studded drama."
‑ Thelma Adams, Yahoo! Movies
"It is easy to grow weary of these stories. But here is a movie that finds powerful relevance through its grotesque details."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"...attracted some Oscar attention, but not necessarily for the right people."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"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
"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
"New Hollywood motto: Never act with kids, dogs or Streep--when she's in Mommie Dearest mode, that is."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It is kind of like a Shakespearean play without the swords, knives and blood on the stage, but there is a corpse."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's Tracy Letts' words that fuel the performances that make August: Osage County such a great, entertaining and exhausting watch."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"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
"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
"It isn't so much a movie as it is a competitive act-off."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Every trivial remark amounts to a level of high art, the conversation as a whole resembling a skillfully composed symphony, just with insults, regrets and harmful jokes."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"Instead of building to some tragic-comedic level of peak awfulness, August:Osage County lurches from revelation to revelation without coming together as anything more than a sloppy weekend where a lot of nasty crap goes down."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
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