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Rated R · 119 minutes · 2014
It’s hard to have the Thrilla in Manila with only one heavyweight. And while the ensemble—including Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor and Julia Roberts—are all very good, there’s only one Meryl Streep. And when she’s throwing knockout punches in August: Osage County, she might as well be alone up there. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and adapted for the screen by its author, Tracy Letts, Osage County brings together the ultimate dysfunctional family, holed up in rural Oklahoma and opening old wounds. Streep is the pill-popping matriarch and Roberts leads a trio of daughters. The volcanic dinner scene was the centerpiece of the play, and that still holds true. But this feels like a filmed play more than a movie—most of the scenes are too long and there’s not a great symmetry or fluidity along the way. But good God, that Meryl Streep.
Official Site: augustosagecountyfilm.com
Director: John Wells
Producer: Steve Traxler, Jean Doumanian, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Ron Burkle, Claire Rudnick Polstein, Celia Costas, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham

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Connect Savannah Review: August: Osage County The best performance in the film comes from Roberts, who hasn't been this good in over a decade - she's the real star of the movie. by Matt Brunson 01/08/2014
Portland Mercury Meryl the Cat Meryl Streep goes full monster in August: Osage County by Alison Hallett 01/08/2014
Creative Loafing Atlanta Family ties become choking hazards in August: Osage County Julia Roberts rises to challenge of sparring with Meryl Streep by Curt Holman 01/07/2014
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The North Coast Journal Weekly Intelligence Delving into the hearts of men by John J. Bennett 01/16/2014
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: August: Osage County Ken Korman says the film version of Tracy Letts' play is overwrought and stagy, but packs a punch by Ken Korman 01/14/2014
NUVO August: Osage County's actor's roundtable The cast is impressive, but by cranking characters up to 11 and ladling on so much pathos, director John Wells and writer Tracy Letts smother anything relatable. by Ed Johnson-Ott 01/16/2014
Gambit Review: August: Osage County Ken Korman says the film version of Tracy Letts' play is overwrought and stagy, but packs a punch by Ken Korman 01/14/2014
Creative Loafing Charlotte August: Osage County: Family feud Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 01/10/2014
Memphis Flyer County Line Even Meryl Streep can’t save August: Osage County. by Chris Davis 01/09/2014
Indy Week Meryl Streep and company chew the scenery of August: Osage County Playwright Tracy Letts' supercharged family drama by Laura Boyes 01/08/2014
The Coast Halifax August: Osage County It's a Julbilee by Tara Thorne 01/09/2014
East Bay Express August: Osage County Bloodied mama. by Kelly Vance 01/01/2014
Creative Loafing Atlanta Family ties become choking hazards in August: Osage County Julia Roberts rises to challenge of sparring with Meryl Streep by Curt Holman 01/07/2014

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