Winter's Bone Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 12, 2010
Lacks adequate suspense and intrigue, occasionally drags, and leaves you feeling underwhelmed despite strong, well-nuanced performances and a richly atmospheric setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.48/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 11, 2010
The main reason for Winter's Bone to exist is that it delivers a little voyeuristic thrill -- a bit of poverty porno -- for the critics who awarded it their highest honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 15, 2010
Like a Botoxed face, the movie never shows an interesting wrinkle or passion-attesting lifeline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 18, 2010
While Winter's Bone hardly exploits the poor in its depiction of them, its decision to focus on Bree while showing audiences their world seems like an artistic compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 17, 2010
Movies don't come much duller than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2010
Grim backwoods tale takes its time building momentum.
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
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
June 10, 2010
Winter's Bone is one of those movies that can't quite make a distinction between profundity and plain old bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 16, 2010
It will wow anyone who thinks grimness equals profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
October 22, 2010
A chilling reflection of nature's darker side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 8, 2010
Winter's Bone is indeed harrowing, but it is also fun. It's fun, because it's excellent, and after enduring the mostly-disappointing Hollywood blockbuster season, simply seeing an exquisite piece of work such as this brings a smile to my face.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 17, 2010
It's the kind of movie that pulls you into its setting and doesn't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
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
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
October 28, 2010
These spooky woods are a dangerous setting - here we find desperate, brain-dead trailer-trash, with moral centres as hollow as the burnt out shacks of their meth misadventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
September 8, 2010
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.
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
June 11, 2010
Together, Lawrence and Granik have created a heroine as tough as she is pretty, with a smart mouth and brazen attitude that give way to glimpses of scary vulnerability.
Georgie Hobbs
Little White Lies
September 16, 2010
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
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