August (2008)

Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Rip Torn, and Adam Scott star in director/co-screenwriter Austin Chick's tale about an ambitious dotcom entrepreneur attempting to stay afloat as the stock market begins to collapse and the entire country… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Josh Hartnett puts in a well-intentioned performance but overall, August only superficially explores its dotcom-burst setting.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August, a shrewdly dramatized look back at the bursting of the dot-com bubble.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There's not much to it, but Austin Chick's hyper-focused indie does serve as a nicely assured showcase for lead Josh Hartnett.

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David D'Arcy
Screen International

This one has nothing extraordinary about it to compensate for seven years' staleness.

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John Anderson

Smartly scripted, convincingly atmospheric morality fable in which Hartnett, usually insubstantial as a good guy, plays a convincingly flawed character galloping toward the precipice.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Has a dark desperation that‚(TM)s morbidly compelling. But the movie‚(TM)s amoral momentum is fatally slowed by an acronym-heavy script and flimsy characterizations that offer fine actors...little to play.

Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

A movie that makes a good initial public offering.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

August is a brooding, boring indie drama about the death of the culture-wide hallucination that was the dot-com bubble, and the moment when countless dot-com millionaires on paper became real-life paupers.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

If you want to see ignorant self destruction, see Troy Duffy in "Overnight" and forget this film---the worst mistake Josh Hartnett has made in his career.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Drew Smith
Interesting solely when viewed as an aesthetic antecedent to The Social Network, with its shadowy interiors and pulsing dark electronic soundtrack, but this is… More
Chosen 718
The film mainly centers on the charismatic and arrogant character Tom Sterling [portrayed by Hartnett] trying to keep the Dotcom company he started with his… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"August" is a flat and cliche-ridden movie about brothers Tom(Josh Hartnett) and Josh(Adam Scott) Sterling who have started an… More
Remi Logan
The premise of this film is the story of two brothers "fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street", a month before 9/11. The real… More
Sol C
Josh Hartnett's performance in this film, is a good reason to check out the movie. In my opinion, it is one of his best performances, so far. The film… More
shane haley
From the get go you are totally lost, i was kinda holding on to the fact the Hartnett was playing the jerk, selfiish playboy so I kept watching. To much going… More