• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Debra Granik
    In Theaters:
    Nov 25, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 31, 2006
  • Laemmle/Zeller Films


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Down to the Bone Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Unlike most movies about addictions, Down to the Bone doesn't follow the usual, comforting three-act structure -- social user develops a problem, user becomes a desperate addict, user finally gets some help.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

November 25, 2005
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Any sympathy developed for the characters quickly erodes as they continue to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but expose children to it.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 25, 2005
Dave White

You'll see relative unknown Farmiga deliver one of those subtle, controlled, humane performances that should win Oscars but never do because the Oscars are a lot of jive.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 25, 2005
Robert Koehler
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First-time feature director's disciplined objectivity is coupled with humanism in this collaboration with a gifted cast and cinematographer.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 23, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Quietly devastating.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 23, 2005
Rachel Gordon

a brave, elegantly filmed, treasure of perseverance

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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This film has an ear for the way moms talk to kids, a sensitivity to drug-sweetened intimacies, and an appreciation of the urgent nuance, not just the comedy, of recovery-speak.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 21, 2005
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A terrifically dark tale.

April 1, 2005
Joshua Tanzer

It's the opposite of most films about drugs vs. life because it puts life up front.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 12, 2004
Andrew Pulver
Guardian [UK]

Granik gets a strong performance out of Farmiga, as she does from nearly the whole cast.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

May 22, 2004

Whether you're ready for the ride depends on whether you're looking for traditional filmic fare, or whether you're in the mood to be dragged into the depths of depression.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2004
Pam Grady

Granik brings to her drama a clear-eyed realism as she charts one woman's descent into a drug-fueled purgatory.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 4, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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For actress Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone presents her with a breakout role.

January 27, 2004
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