Winter's Bone

2010

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

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (162) | Rotten (10)

  • Though it can often be a long, opaque slog through the woods, the primary appeal of Winter's Bone is how convincingly it conveys the strange, orthodox logic of this parallel universe.

    January 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Winter's Bone is a haunting film of life in America, one that depicts meth as the replacement for moonshine. Ree's character does offer hope but much more is needed.

    January 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • You can feel the chill of the Missouri winter and the dull ache of the characters' poverty in Debra Granik's film...

    December 30, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Call me a sucker for punishment but I find myself drawn to these harrowing tales, and Winter's Bone is certainly one of those.

    August 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • With locations and characters that feel so authentic, yet mysterious, it creates its own genre: anthropological horror.

    August 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Just when you think the search is going to come to a frighteningly bloody conclusion, the story catapults you into an even more traumatizing wrap-up that somehow (???) eventually leaves you with some hope.

    March 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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.
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  • 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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