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Winter's Bone (2010)


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 152 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet -- and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence.

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet -- and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 49,119


Movie Info

Her family home in danger of being repossessed after her meth-cooking dad skips bail and disappears, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. Should she fail to track her father down, Ree Dolly, her younger siblings, and their disabled mother will soon be rendered homeless. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

R (for some drug material, language and violent content)
Directed By:
Written By:
Debra Granik , Anne Rosellini
In Theaters:
Oct 26, 2010
Box Office:
Roadside Attractions - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Winter's Bone

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (9) | DVD (6)

Debra Granik's bleak little film is as tough, unflinching and fascinating as the characters who eke out a life amid its cold, gray hills.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.

Full Review… | July 28, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.

Full Review… | June 28, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

With Winter's Bone, Granik has morphed from a director worth watching to one who demands our undivided attention. She's got mine.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Peyton Place meets Deliverance in a meth lab.

Full Review… | July 11, 2012

In moments of confrontation [Jennifer Lawrence's Ree] is as fearsome as Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, taking on monsters to protect the small and the vulnerable.

Full Review… | June 12, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence is dazzling as the film's protagonist as she struggles to uncover the truth between her addict father's disappearance.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Winter's Bone is an absorbing and socially conscious piece of work, underwritten by the constant threat of violence.

Full Review… | June 30, 2011
The Ooh Tray

Gritty and real...

Full Review… | May 21, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Granik... proves a dab hand with the camera, capturing the starkness of the Ozarks and Ree's situation in a free-flowing and pensive way that transfers the chill of it all on to the screen.

Full Review… | May 18, 2011
The Standard

Not having been to this part of the country, I can't say for sure whether Granik has captured it accurately. The point is that it feels genuine.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Granik pays deference to the curious ways of the mountain folk, rejecting the prevailing hillbilly clichés to depict people with hardy survival instincts in the grip of financial hardship and addiction.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

An unflinching portrait of shabby life in the Ozarks, this powerful indie drama features an Oscar-caliber turn from Jennifer Lewis, a real discovery who's only 20, in the lead.

Full Review… | March 26, 2011

Winter's Bone certainly has its redeeming qualities, particularly its cinematography and a superb lead performance by Jennifer Lawrence, but man, does it feel EMPTY until a gripping sequence near the end.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
Film and Felt

An acutely gripping, grimly authentic thriller.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Movie Talk

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Movies for the Masses

Un retrato realista, crudo y duro de ambientes y personajes que viven al margen de la sociedad, de la ley y la moral, y que crece en intensidad como un thriller de suspenso. Estupendas actuaciones de Jennifer Lawrence y John Hawkes.

Full Review… | February 19, 2011
Uruguay Total

Uma narrativa densa e multifacetada que permite que aquelas pessoas desafiem nossos preconceitos e se apresentem como indivíduos imperfeitos, sim, mas jamais unidimensionais.

Full Review… | February 14, 2011
Cinema em Cena

There is a profound sense of Neorealism percolating beneath Winter's Bone's noirish mystery plot.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
What Culture

... consciously attempting to avoid clichés can erode authenticity. To director Debra Granik's credit, realism permeates every frame of digital imagery

Full Review… | January 28, 2011

A gripping movie that graphically portrays poverty as the worst form of violence in the life of a 17-year-old heroine struggling to save her family.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Spirituality and Practice

Winter's Bone is boosted by a stellar cast of characters who engender both scares and occasional sympathy.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
E! Online

Winter's Bone is as quiet as a snake. It's a chilling and challenging visit into a remote -- perhaps alien -- world. But while Winter's Bone has anguish and fear, the film is ultimately life-affirming and real.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010

Audience Reviews for Winter's Bone


A 17 year old girl left to care for her family in dirt-poor rural Alabama goes in search of her absentee father when faced with the choice of either forcing him to appear before the court or losing their home. Winter's Bone, despite its detective story-style premise, has a flavour very much of a frontier western; take away the synthetic fabrics, pick-up trucks, indoor plumbing and narcotics of choice and you have a community whose life has probably remained pretty much unchanged in the last hundred years. It's a portrait of the struggles of living below the poverty line in contemporary rural America as Jennifer Lawrence's destitute but proud heroine explores the underbelly of her tightly knit but deeply dysfunctional extended family. It's a stark, bleak and gritty drama full of characterful and completely believable performances set within a part of contemporary society rarely depicted outside of trailer trash stereotypes. Tense, occasionally frightening and extremely well observed, Winter's Bone is a serious drama that chooses substance over superficial flash and is all the more affecting and disturbing for it.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Very intense.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Though slow and repetitive at times, Winter's Bone is worth seeing for Jennifer Lawrence's raw and stunning performance, but also for the strong direction from Director Granik and the atmospheric cinematography that exudes an almost Aronofosky "Wrestler' vibe which looks great on screen.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


An involving, methodically paced drama concerning a young girl (Jennifer Lawrence) who looks after her brother and sister and catatonic mother in the Ozark Mountains. After the police visit her house and tell her that she has little time to find her estranged, meth cooking father who has gone missing before the house her family resides in is seized, the girl is put into an even more bleak and unfair situation. Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes (who plays her uncle, in an Oscar-worthy turn) give astounding performances by playing their characters straightforward. It is very much like "Frozen River" in a lot of ways, and Lawrence is definitely a heroic character that is easy to root for. The performances from the leads coupled with a gritty, brutal story makes this a tough, but ultimately extremely worthwhile picture.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Winter's Bone Quotes

Teardrop: Is this gonna be our time?
– Submitted by Joe P (18 months ago)
Merab: You was warned. Why didn't you listen?
– Submitted by Daphne M (2 years ago)
Teardrop: I already told you once with my mouth.
– Submitted by Zach D (2 years ago)
Ree: What I really can't stand is the way I feel ashamed... for dad. Teardrop: Well, he loved y'all. That's where he went weak.
– Submitted by Sami A (2 years ago)
Ree: Never ask for what oughta be offered.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
Ree: 'd be lost without the weight of you two on my back. I ain't going anywhere.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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