Winter's Bone (2010)



Critic Consensus: Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet -- and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence.

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Her family home in danger of being repossessed after her meth-cooking dad skips bail and disappears, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. Should she fail to track her father down, Ree Dolly, her younger siblings, and their disabled mother will soon be rendered homeless. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for some drug material, language and violent content)
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Jennifer Lawrence
as Ree Dolly
John Hawkes
as Teardrop
Kevin Breznahan
as Little Arthur
Dale Dickey
as Merab
Garret Dillahunt
as Sheriff Baskin
Sheryl Lee
as April
Tate Taylor
as Satterfield
William White
as Blond Milton
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Critic Reviews for Winter's Bone

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (38)

Debra Granik's bleak little film is as tough, unflinching and fascinating as the characters who eke out a life amid its cold, gray hills.

Full Review… | January 30, 2011
Miami Herald
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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… | September 15, 2010
Time Out
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This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.

July 28, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
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Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Arizona Republic
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What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.

Full Review… | June 27, 2010
New Yorker
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With Winter's Bone, Granik has morphed from a director worth watching to one who demands our undivided attention. She's got mine.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Winter's Bone

A good-yet-unremarkable film with a simple yet somewhat perplexing, often slow plot. It's almost as if, not just the cast but the entire film, was built as a supporting cast to give Jennifer Lawrence a shot at the Oscars. And it's a good performance, probably a decent projection of what we can expect from her in the future.


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A haunting, extremely distressing and outstanding film whose downbeat atmosphere feels always incredibly suffocating and real, as it drags us into this bleak universe filled with dreadful people who always convince us of their existence in so much misery and poverty.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Bleak and disenchanting look at the dark side of the American country side. Carried by great acting performances and the fascinatingly gloomy criminal networks of Ozark County the film manages to engage the audience, even if it primarily consists of Jennifer Lawrence walking through the woods and talking to hostile hillbilly hicks. Surprisingly, that works because we very soon start to care about Ree.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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