• 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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Nicki M

Super Reviewer

January 19, 2008
More subtle than your usual drug addict movie. While desperate, this one doesn't end up on a street corner somewhere homeless, or into crime, but it does still show the devastation caused by addiction and is a moving and interesting film. I had never heard of Vera Farmiga before, but I will certainly look out for her in the future, her portrayal of this character was excellent.
Lady D

Super Reviewer

October 25, 2006
Drawn out, but an extremely realistic film about drug abuse with some impressive performances, in particular Vera Farmiga, which is definitely a name I shall be taking notice of in the future, her role in this was faultless and she reminded me of Cate Blanchett in many ways.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

November 26, 2005
[font=Century Gothic]In "Private" a Palestinian family is not only living in the battlefield of the occupied West Bank but now they must face the additional indignity of having the Israeli army occupy their house. The army gets the second floor(under no circumstances are the family to venture there) and the family must stay downstairs. After dark, they are confined to the living room. For the father, Mohammed, a learned, dignified man, being a refugee would be worse and he insists on staying.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Private" is a tense drama with realistic situations. The film boils the whole Arab-Israeli conflict down to a microcosm of a single house being occupied. Through the character of the father, other ways are suggested of fighting the Israeli army than violence. And the individual soldiers are not shown as being the villains.[/font]
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[font=Georgia][color=navy]In "Down to the Bone", Irene(Vera Farmiga) is a mother to two young sons and wife to a construction worker. She works as a cashier at a supermarket in upstate New York. She is also addicted to cocaine. And she has been using since high school. After one particularly embarrassing attempt to buy drugs fails, she realizes she needs help and enters rehab.[/color][/font]
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[font=Georgia][color=#000080]"Down to the Bone" covers some familiar ground but does so in a totally unglamorous way. The movie does not offer any easy answers or solutions. The movie is anchored by a very strong performance by Vera Farmiga.[/color][/font]
August 12, 2013
"Down to the Bone" emerges with an aura of unflinching authenticity, while Vera Farmiga delivers an astonishing performance.
GabrielKnight
February 3, 2013
This addiction drama is a bit choppy at times, but performances more than make up for that. Not just Vera Farmiga (who carries the movie), but even supporting cast, in part comprised of unprofessional actors, come across as amazingly realistic and natural. The bleak snow-covered surroundings create prefect mood for the story.
moviempress
July 31, 2008
Farmiga puts on a wonderfully truthful little performance here, as the young mother wrestling with her hum drum home duties as a single parent coupled with her addiction to drugs. Though it is filmed in the "film truth" technique, the characters begin to lose some steam mid way through and their motivations become less than clear.
Nukleopatra
September 22, 2013
It's not exactly enjoyable, but like those HBO specials about drug abuse, you can't turn away for a second.
GeorgiaMoxie
September 14, 2013
This movie probably will have a love or hate reviews- anyone who has never seen addiction can't relate to it in that sense. You see Vera in this movie struggle to become sober and a good parent and then becomes involved in a toxic relationship with someone she confided all of her skeletons to and was supposed to be able to trust. When she gets a reality check and with a clear head knows that in order to be the person she wants to be then she's got to cut ties or else get dragged down and lose everything important to her. I think that everyone can relate to that even if it wasn't based on addiction.
August 20, 2013
A film about drug addiction that is painfully honest and real. It doesn't glorify or stylize the subject matter.
July 29, 2013
Emotionally gripping and engrossing, with a phenomenal from Vera Farmiga. It's downbeat, without ever becoming overly depressing, and the characters are moving without ever overacting. The direction the film takes is different than most films with the same subject material, it has a home movie feel that sets it apart from the others. The only major flaw I can find is a less than satisfying climax.
July 26, 2013
Emotionally engaging and an incredible performance from Vera Farmiga who was so outstanding that for her not to even be nominated is a travesty and is an abomination to all things good and natural in this world. While I didn't find the ending wholly satisfying I still think that this film was powerful enough to be worthy of 4 1/2 stars.
July 10, 2013
This low budget film from director/writer Debra Granik, who is also responsible for her latter "Winter's Bone", absolutely hit the mark. "Down to the Bone" is a vivid portrayal of drug abuse and family that boasts a stellar performance by Vera Farmiga. What sometimes appears slow and prodding, turns out to be calculated and striking. The film appeared to be shot using grainy handhelds; a most likely result of working with a shoestring budget. The visual appeal might not be there but hang in there, as the story and performances are topnotch.
October 15, 2012
A movie about why it isn't a good idea to go '13th stepping' in recovery. Farmiga's best performance yet.
ikeknight91
July 15, 2012
An honest portrayal of drug use in a small town. Vera Farmiga is a actress to keep an eye on.
April 10, 2012
Oddly enough this is an earlier film from the same director that did "Winters Bone" which was nominated for Oscars a couple years back which I loved. This was okay but the only decent actress in the whole movie was Vera Farmiga. The rest of the cast seemed like they were drug of the streets to appear in it.
Betsy B.
February 25, 2012
A mom of two, Irene (Vera Farmiga) has been addicted to cocaine for years. Her husband Steve (Clint Jordan) uses, but not nearly as much. When Irene tries to use her son's birthday check from Grandma to buy drugs, she knows it's time to check into rehab. She meets Bob (Hugh Dillon), a nurse in the rehab center who's been clean for five years, and they start to have an affair. Irene manages to get clean, but it's so fragile that the tiniest thing can plunge her right back into addiction, and does. This movie really brings home how easy it is to get caught up in that rat race and how incredibly hard it is to get off-and stay off. Vera Farmiga is great, as always. I thought it was very realistic and I liked the ending. I recommend Down to the Bone and give it an 85%.
Into the Sharkness
September 1, 2011
Down to the Bone is realistic, which I like, but boring, which I don't. 4/10
frankie b.
July 31, 2011
The great thing about netflix is how you can go back in time and catch movies you never seen before. I've always liked Vera Farmiga as an actress and Down to the Bone will show you why. This a great movie with great acting about a woman struggling with addiction in upstate NY. This movie does a great job at showing that staying clean is all about you and only you. That it is something you can only do for you and noone else. Great movie. A definite must see. Once again Vera shows why she is one of the best actresess in Hollywood.
July 28, 2011
DOWN TO THE BONE is a gritty tale that shows the effects of drug abuse and addiction on the user and the people in her life. Vera Farmiga delivers one of the besr performances of her carrer along with an outstanding directorial debut by Debra Granik (WINTER'S BONE).
May 22, 2011
This AWESOME movie is about "thirteenth stepping: when you get too lazy, too horny... you get distracted... you know, when you got that hole inside and you just need to fill it". Realistic and Powerfull.
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