Winter's Bone


Winter's Bone

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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


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Critic Reviews for Winter's Bone

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  • 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.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A rewarding, richly detailed exploration of the strength of character required when confronted by ugly truths.

    Nov 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Art Thou? was the last film to make such delirious use of mountain music. The rest of the world can start drooling over Lawrence. I'm gonna git me a copy of that soundtrack.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence.

    Sep 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Winter's Bone

  • 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.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2014
    A 17 year old girl left to care for her family in dirt-poor rural Alabama goes in search of her absentee father when faced with the choice of either forcing him to appear before the court or losing their home. Winter's Bone, despite its detective story-style premise, has a flavour very much of a frontier western; take away the synthetic fabrics, pick-up trucks, indoor plumbing and narcotics of choice and you have a community whose life has probably remained pretty much unchanged in the last hundred years. It's a portrait of the struggles of living below the poverty line in contemporary rural America as Jennifer Lawrence's destitute but proud heroine explores the underbelly of her tightly knit but deeply dysfunctional extended family. It's a stark, bleak and gritty drama full of characterful and completely believable performances set within a part of contemporary society rarely depicted outside of trailer trash stereotypes. Tense, occasionally frightening and extremely well observed, Winter's Bone is a serious drama that chooses substance over superficial flash and is all the more affecting and disturbing for it.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Though slow and repetitive at times, Winter's Bone is worth seeing for Jennifer Lawrence's raw and stunning performance, but also for the strong direction from Director Granik and the atmospheric cinematography that exudes an almost Aronofosky "Wrestler' vibe which looks great on screen.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2013
    Debra Garnik became interested in feminism and documentary film-making since her early studies. Independent cinema would be the branch that would allow her to construct her minimalist worlds of suppressive environments, just like Courtney Hunt did two years before with <i>Frozen River</i> (2008). Maybe we are emotionally distant from the characters, yet the situations are not. Both independent films place family bonds at the core and the responsibility of a woman that has to deal with her family in situations out of her control, normally derived from irresponsible actions from others. Debra Garnik does not take a one-sided position against men, like it would seem in the first 20 minutes; rather, each character, be it woman or man, has his/her own intrinsic motivations, predominantly malevolent in the landscapes of Missouri. We need more honest fresh air currents like these once in a while. Definitely, women see some emotional bonds that we men sometimes lack in our vision. 79/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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