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Winter's Bone Reviews

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½ October 24, 2015
2 Words: Poverty Porn. And that boat scene was RIDICULOUS. 1 star for Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes and 1/2 star for "gritty" cinematography, which must be sooo difficult to accomplish in the Ozarks in the winter.
½ September 24, 2015
I loved this film as it describes a young lady's struggle to survive by finding out the truth about her father's disappearance. Jennifer Lawrence is outstanding and the film captures a real sense of the place, the season and the underlying fear and violence within the community.
September 20, 2015
WOW......WOW.....WOW......STUINNING.....AMAZING......GENIUS.....SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH......I have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch, but it is such a brilliant movie 2 watch........its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.......I think that Jennifer Lawrence, john hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Dale Dickey, Tate Taylor, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....I think that the director of this drama movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......I think that Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie.......

Winter's Bone received widespread critical acclaim, with Jennifer Lawrence's performance being universally lauded. The film has a "certified fresh" score of 94% on Rotten tomatoes based on 161 reviews with an average score of 8.3 out of 10. The critical consensus states "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." The film also has a score of 90 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 38 critics indicating "universal acclaim".

Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, praising Lawrence's steely "hope and courage" that remains optimistic despite her tribulations, and calling attention to Granik's direction that avoids passing moral judgement on the characters or descending into stereotypes. Reviewer Peter Travers found the film "unforgettable", writing in Rolling Stone, "Granik handles this volatile, borderline horrific material with unblinking ferocity and feeling.... In Lawrence, Granik has found just the right young actress to inhabit Ree. Her performance is more than acting, it's a gathering storm." Critic James Berardinelli said that "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." David Edelstein wrote in New York magazine, "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." New Yorker critic David Denby called Winter's Bone "one of the great feminist works in film."[The A.V. Club put the film at No. 1 on their list of the best movies of the year

its got such a good soundtrack throughout this movie.......

Box office

Winter's Bone debuted in cinemas on June 11 2010 in a Limited release in 4 theaters and grossed "a hearty" $84,797, with an average of $21,199 per theater and ranking #35 at the box office. The film's subsequent outing and expansion to 39 theaters earned $351,317, with an average of $9,008 per theater. The film's distributors Roadside Attractions aimed, concurrently with New York, Los Angeles and Boston, at "heartland cities" such as Minneapolis, Overland Park, St. Louis, Springfield, Dallas and Denver, which eventually all attracted significant audiences, surpassing New York's. According to the distributor, "the filmmakers had always wanted to deliver the movie to the people who helped them make it." The film was in cinemas for over 45 weeks and ultimately earned $6,531,503 domestically and $7,300,000 internationally for a total of $13,831,503, above its $2 million budget

man this is such a really gripping, thrilling, sad movie 2 watch, but I think that Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie, it is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a sad movie 2 watch, but it is such a fantastic movie 2 watch.......
½ September 11, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence does badass job. No doubt she shines but most of all so does the rest so it makes it great overall film.
September 8, 2015
Didn't he shoot your daddy one time?

Ree is the oldest child of a broke family in the country that has a drug dealing father they rely on to survive. He turns up missing leaving Ree with all of the children to take care of. Ree does her best to take care of the kids while hunting down her missing father.

"Your daddy left you to deal with that?"

Debra Granick, director of Down to the Bone and Stray Dog, delivers Winter's Bone in her second major motion picture offering. The storyline for this picture is interesting in a Season 1 True Detective kind of way with worse acting and an almost as interesting setting. The cast delivers uneven performances and includes Jennifer Lawrence, Shelley Waggener, Garrett Dillahunt, and Lauren Sweetser.

"I'm the one who put the hurt on that girl."

I randomly came across this on cable and decided to DVR it. This was an interesting character for Lawrence and I liked it for the most part. The story plays out in a predictable fashion with a couple well done twists. This is entertaining and worth viewing once.

"We'll take you to your daddy's bones."

Grade: C+
½ September 4, 2015
A sparse but intense picture, Winter's Bone could easily have fallen through if not for the gorgeous scenery and the captivating performances from then-newcomer Lawrence and John Hawkes.
½ September 2, 2015
Whilst emotionally engaging, it is also rather bleak and harrowing.
August 29, 2015
This is not gripping and you do not feel for any of the characters.
August 5, 2015
Set in the back road nooks of the Ozarks, I can say that having lived in for ten years in the very similar culture of the southern Appalachians, this film was all too real, accurate, and familiar. It's obvious that Ms. Granik knew her setting and subject matter thoroughly, as she paints an otherwise beautiful landscape as depressing, gray, and nearly hopeless, and this is before adding the individual situation of the spectacular tour de force by Jennifer Lawrence, and her character Ree and family. Their lives are bleak, and Ree is under the most intense kind of desperation, but manages to convincingly organic perseverance. The stellar John Hawkes is, as typical, a master of his craft, and the scenes with him and Lawrence are especially explosive, yet understated., as are the scenes with Lawrence and Dale Dickey, minus the understated . I cannot recommend this move enough, as everyone should be aware of the plight of the people who reside in this nearly third-world existence, right in our own backyard, and any fine acting enthusiast would be amiss to skip this textbook course of it, along with masterful writing and directing. Don't miss it.
½ August 2, 2015
Featuring a brilliant performance by Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone is an outstanding, intriguing, and sometimes thrilling drama just like the novel it's based on!
½ July 29, 2015
This movie is saved by Jennifer Lawrence's acting and very few suspenseful scenes. Besides that, it a very boring movie. Its sucks because I really had high hopes for this one. I don't get the acclaim it gets.
July 4, 2015
Uma jovem garota com sua irmã mais nova e sua mãe maluca descobre que seu genitor deu sua casa como garantia de sua fiança e se ele não comparecer ao fórum ambas ficarão sem ter onde morar... durante sua procura pelo pai acaba descobrindo que o mesmo está morto, só que ela vai apanhar muito pra descobrir onde está seu corpo para não perder a casa onde mora...
½ June 16, 2015
One hell of a film. Winter's Bone gives an insight into a closed community and shows Jennifer Lawrence at her best. This performance is one of the cornerstones why you have to fall in love with her performances. Together with John Hawkes she carries the story on her shoulders, running around in this hostile community, trying to find her father to save all of her family. It's devastating to see this young girl struggle.
½ June 1, 2015
One of the most vivid depictions of poverty and squalor I've come across, and a textured look at the culture and mores that come about in such a place. Jennifer Lawrence plays a unique protagonist suited to this kind of story, someone who struggles simply to survive, driven by desperation and boldness.
Super Reviewer
May 29, 2015
Somber story that takes place during the cold autumn of the Ozarks as 16-year-old Jennifer Lawrence searches for her missing miscreant father in order to save her home from repossession. She's in almost every scene and thus the film rests solely on her young shoulders, and she has the determination to pull off a positive result for this modest low-key drama.
May 19, 2015
A cold and bleak mystery thriller that is carried by great acting performances. The one that propelled Jennifer Lawrence to stardom.
May 7, 2015
Director Debra Granik paints a grim portrait of the generational hierarchies and unspoken codes of Christian and Tanner Counties in this marginalized backwoods layer of rural Missouri. Winter's Bone is a quiet and powerful film that knows full well it is a guest of real-time, real-place supporting cast members - who double as gracious hosts.

Stir in the brilliant John Hawkes, emerging super-star Jennifer Lawrence, an Ozark Mountain mystery, a banjo, a few great dogs and we have a minor masterpiece.
May 5, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence's debut movie. I had high hopes for it, considering the rating but it was a bit of a disappointment. The story is about a teenager left behind by with her younger sister, brother and sick mom by her meth-cooking dad who skipped bail and disappears after giving the property on bond. Now she try's to track him so that she can present him in front of court and not lose the house. Goes to all the distant families of her to get any information about him.All of them are in some sort of illegal work and are some dangerous people. This film was not exciting, intriguing or moving. It was just plain storytelling.
½ April 18, 2015
The only thing I can say about this movie is that the acting was fairly good. Other than that the movie was dull, pointless and completely miserable to watch. Literally the definition of a grey and lifeless movie.
March 31, 2015
One of the best films in year. In ANY genre.

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