Down to the Bone Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 11, 2006
The movie boasts a fantastic performance by Vera Farmiga and an exceedingly unhappy storyline. It's a movie you "appreciate" more than you "enjoy."
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The movie takes us down an unexpected path with riveting skill and a refreshing lack of easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 16, 2006
The movie seems to be about drug addiction and recovery, but it gradually shifts, becoming a look from an unusual angle at what a big job it is to be a parent and the priorities it requires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 16, 2006
This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 9, 2006
Farmiga effectively shows the fear, need and hope at war within Irene, how the false high of being clean for a week can fade when she realizes the second week isn't going to be any easier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
January 9, 2006
Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 6, 2006
If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
| Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
December 16, 2005
The film is so pitch perfect and realistic, it seems you are there with these people, watching their lives unfold before you as it happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 15, 2005
if you've ever wondered why people in 12-step programs aren't supposed to sleep together right off the bat, well, this movie is about to show you, in detail.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 6, 2005
A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 2, 2005
Vera Farmiga gives an astonishing performance in this complex chronicle of a drug addict who goes through rehab, yearning for redemption, but her experience is not tidy and there's no neat conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

E! Online
December 2, 2005
This marks [Farmiga's] arrival as One to Watch. See her here, and you can say you remember the early days.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 2005
Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 28, 2005
Conventional movies, even independent ones, tend to get histrionic and judgmental about such drug-related setbacks. But Granik's film, though hardly a clinical case study, keeps a measured distance from the heavy-handed or simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 28, 2005
... a harrowing character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
November 28, 2005
[A] small, beautifully faceted gem.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 28, 2005
... a stark, realistic portrait of a working-class mother in New York's depressed Ulster County as she tries to battle a drug habit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 28, 2005
Down to the Bone emerges with an aura of authenticity so strong as to be mesmerizing, thanks to a superior script brought to life with infallibly natural performances ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
November 28, 2005
Debra Granik's independent drama "Down to the Bone" builds with a strong, quiet intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
November 25, 2005
A glimpse into the private lives and dirty secrets of people trying to claw their way to a better place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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