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Winter's Bone Reviews

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2010
This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 28, 2010
What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 25, 2010
The result is a film and a character of unusual strength. Pity Ree, question her decisions, wonder about her future. But the girl does not quit.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 25, 2010
Jennifer Lawrence gives a stirring turn in a gift-of-a-lifetime role.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 25, 2010
A masterpiece of sparseness.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 25, 2010
Both a whodunit and a coming-of-age tale, dominated by Jennifer Lawrence's luminous performance as the resourceful, much-tested Ree.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 24, 2010
In an impeccable act of sympathetic imagination, director Debra Granik has entered into the soul of debt-ridden Appalachia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 18, 2010
This is a world out of time and, despite the trappings of flinty realism, the film too unfolds like an elemental myth from the stormy past -- a Greek tragedy driven by dark fates and struggling toward a catharsis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2010
For Jennifer Lawrence, she's probably the most gifted actress of her generation. How wonderful that, so young, she has already found a role worthy of her talent.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 17, 2010
The dialogue is so sparse and the plot is so lean in Winter's Bone, it requires acting of exemplary strength, and the movie delivers in spades, chiefly in the performances by Lawrence and Hawkes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 17, 2010
The gritty, desperate Ozarks milieu of Winter's Bone feels so real, so right, that you only slowly realize you're watching a detective movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2010
It's been a long time since a film has conveyed a culture, and a sense of place, with such telling precision. At the same time, Winter's Bone thrums with suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2010
Winter's Bone is the best film of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 17, 2010
The social detail of a 21st-century mountain community is completely persuasive, heightening the drama immeasurably.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2010
The way Lawrence captures a young woman's fear and resolve, often non-verbally, well ... this is a considerable talent well on her way to a great career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 17, 2010
There is a hazard of caricature here. Granik avoids it. Her film doesn't live above these people, but among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 14, 2010
This lead performance [from Jennifer Lawrence] is excellent.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 11, 2010
A coming-of-age story that is not entirely about breaking free.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 11, 2010
The main reason for Winter's Bone to exist is that it delivers a little voyeuristic thrill -- a bit of poverty porno -- for the critics who awarded it their highest honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2010
Granik makes something real out of all of it. And even, against all odds, hopeful. Because, yes, this is a hard and stony land. But the life that manages to take root there tends to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2010
Winter's Bone is a welcome reminder that thrillers don't have to be loud and boisterous to grab the attention and keep it captive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2010
Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 10, 2010
Following its brave heroine (an outstanding Jennifer Lawrence) as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her father's disappearance, the film employs the structure of a whodunit to take a tough, unflinching look at an impoverished Ozarks community.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2010
Intense, immersive and in control, Winter's Bone has an art house soul inside a B picture body, and that proves to be a potent combination indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2010
Grim backwoods tale takes its time building momentum.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 10, 2010
Every so often a film gets under our skin with its haunting authenticity, reinforcing our faith in the wonderfully transporting power of cinematic storytelling. Winter's Bone is unquestionably that film.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 10, 2010
Granik has no taste for noir archness, opting for a chilly, shot-on-decaying-locations naturalism that feels as lived-in as Lawrence's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 9, 2010
Lawrence is the movie's blooming discovery, a mesmerizing actor with a gaze that's the opposite of actress-coy and a voice modulated in the low, almost monotone cadences of local ways.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 9, 2010
Winter's Bone is raw, real, understated, fiercely intense and surprisingly gentle and decent amid bursts of ferocity in the rural crime culture where the story's set.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 9, 2010
Winter's Bone sometimes feels like a haunted house, where only extreme deference to scary people will save you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
June 8, 2010
Lawrence gives a guarded and watchful performance.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 7, 2010
For all the horror, it's the drive toward life, not the decay, that lingers in the mind. As a modern heroine, Ree Dolly has no peer, and Winter's Bone is the year's most stirring film.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 3, 2010
Every once in a rare while a movie gets inside your head and heart, rubbing your emotions raw. The remarkable Winter's Bone is just such a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 28, 2010
An absolute knockout.