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Winter's Bone Reviews

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September 17, 2010
The film, adapted by director Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini from the novel by Daniel Woodrell, establishes a formidable tension between mystery and matter-of-factness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 16, 2010
There is poetry here -- as artists as diverse as Walker Evans, James Agee and Harry Smith have found -- of the rawest, most desperate kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2010
A sparse, engaging film perhaps easier to respect than love, but by any measure hugely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
It is all given unironic dignity and power due to the outstanding lead performance from 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence as Ree, a young woman who must take on some scary neighbourhood types to protect her family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
It will wow anyone who thinks grimness equals profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
Lawrence's mature and inspiring determination makes this much, much more than a grim skid-row whodunnit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
With a face as impassively beautiful as the landscape she trudges through, Ree Dolly is a heroine you won't forget. Tenacious and stoic, she holds her own in a vernacular that's equal parts hillbilly and hard-boiled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2010
A vivid reworking of Daniel Woodrell's novel that brings the book's conflicted heroine to searing life in a piece of unhurried filmmaking too rarely seen these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 15, 2010
Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2010
Director Debra Granik has captured a female performance of such rare, career-defining intensity that the film actually has a life-affirming effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 15, 2010
Winter's Bone is a rewarding watch that does repay a fairly slow-moving narrative with heightened tension and twists at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2010
Like a Botoxed face, the movie never shows an interesting wrinkle or passion-attesting lifeline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2010
It's a tight, gripping mystery with a well-chosen supporting cast and countless great little moments, such as a supremely spooky sing-song at a birthday party.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2010
Make no bones about it, this is first-rate stuff.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2010
It's a film full of mounting tensions and an atmosphere of dread and incipient terror that will make you uncomfortably familiar with the edge of your seat, which is where you'll mostly watch it from.
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.
September 5, 2010
It's bleak, slow moving … but in its gradual, aimless way it ratchets up the tension to terrific heights, and its climactic twists come home with the force of a shotgun blast.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 3, 2010
Easily one of the best films of the year thus far.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 2, 2010
This movie is a real tour de force for writer-director Debra Granik. This is the best movie I've seen this year and it will make my top 10 list for this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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