• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Debra Granik
  • In Theaters:    Jun 11, 2010 Wide
  • On DVD:    Oct 26, 2010
  • Roadside Attractions

Winter's Bone Reviews

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Dan Jardine
July 11, 2012

Peyton Place meets Deliverance in a meth lab.

Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Jeffrey Overstreet
June 12, 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 | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011

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

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 21, 2011

Gritty and real...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
May 18, 2011

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
April 4, 2011

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 | Original Score: B+
Fiona Williams
March 30, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
March 26, 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 | Original Score: A
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
March 13, 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 | Original Score: 45/100
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 10, 2011

An acutely gripping, grimly authentic thriller.

Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 24, 2011

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 19, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 14, 2011

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 | Original Score: 5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
January 31, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 28, 2011

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

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 29, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
December 25, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tony Macklin
December 16, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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