• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Debra Granik
    In Theaters:
    Jun 11, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 26, 2010
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Winter's Bone Reviews

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A sparse, engaging film perhaps easier to respect than love, but by any measure hugely compelling.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

It is all given unironic dignity and power due to the outstanding lead performance from 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence as Ree, a young woman who must take on some scary neighbourhood types to protect her family.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It will wow anyone who thinks grimness equals profundity.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2010
Georgie Hobbs
Little White Lies

Think a film like Trash Humpers offers insight into a crappy life in the poor South? Winter's Bone will make you see the light.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2010
Damon Wise
Radio Times

Lawrence's mature and inspiring determination makes this much, much more than a grim skid-row whodunnit.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2010
Ellen E Jones
Total Film

With a face as impassively beautiful as the landscape she trudges through, Ree Dolly is a heroine you won't forget. Tenacious and stoic, she holds her own in a vernacular that's equal parts hillbilly and hard-boiled.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2010
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine

A vivid reworking of Daniel Woodrell's novel that brings the book's conflicted heroine to searing life in a piece of unhurried filmmaking too rarely seen these days.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

September 15, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 15, 2010
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Director Debra Granik has captured a female performance of such rare, career-defining intensity that the film actually has a life-affirming effect.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 5/5

September 15, 2010
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Winter's Bone is a rewarding watch that does repay a fairly slow-moving narrative with heightened tension and twists at the end.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

September 15, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Like a Botoxed face, the movie never shows an interesting wrinkle or passion-attesting lifeline.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

It's a tight, gripping mystery with a well-chosen supporting cast and countless great little moments, such as a supremely spooky sing-song at a birthday party.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 4/5

September 15, 2010
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Make no bones about it, this is first-rate stuff.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

September 15, 2010
Allan Jones
Uncut Magazine [UK]

It's a film full of mounting tensions and an atmosphere of dread and incipient terror that will make you uncomfortably familiar with the edge of your seat, which is where you'll mostly watch it from.

Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]

September 14, 2010
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep

As bleak as it sounds, Winter's Bone has a special quality that makes it an unmissable film, and deserving of the Grand Jury Prize that it received at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

September 8, 2010
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

It's bleak, slow moving … but in its gradual, aimless way it ratchets up the tension to terrific heights, and its climactic twists come home with the force of a shotgun blast.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A

September 5, 2010
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Easily one of the best films of the year thus far.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A

September 3, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This movie is a real tour de force for writer-director Debra Granik. This is the best movie I've seen this year and it will make my top 10 list for this year.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: A

September 2, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Keeps things authentic and chilling.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

August 28, 2010
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal

Granik deftly creates a film that's both a suspenseful crime drama and a pitiless portrait of a part of America that's usually ignored.

Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal | Original Score: 4/4

August 26, 2010
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