Review Roundup: Meryl Streep Stars in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Catherine Shoard, The Guardian: Letts is one of the most formidable talents around today, but in handling his screenplay with such kid gloves, Wells puts a passenger in the driver's seat. The results are far from a car crash, but they do smack of the rubberneck, in which grande dames get down and dirty and we gawp politely from the stalls. Sometimes the theatre and the movie house seem very far apart.
Stephen Whitty, The Star Ledger: But this is Streep's movie. It is about her, and she owns it from beginning to end. And no matter what category she is eventually put forward for - and which, if any, Academy members choose to select her for - she is already a winner. And an undisputed champion.
Tim Grierson, Screendaily: the script's high-drama moments tend to dominate, and as a result the movie can sometimes be merely a showy platform for the cast to flaunt their technical skill. But on the whole the ensemble sticks close to Letts' vision of a family on the verge of imploding, letting the writer's language and ideas carry the day.