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Winter's Bone (2010)

Winter's Bone (2010)



Critic Consensus: 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 (164) | Top Critics (38)

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.

January 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence.

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

This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.

July 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/4

Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.

July 23, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.

June 28, 2010 | Full Review…

With Winter's Bone, Granik has morphed from a director worth watching to one who demands our undivided attention. She's got mine.

June 25, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Winter's Bone


With an excellent performance by Jennifer Lawrence, this is a haunting and extremely distressing drama whose downbeat atmosphere feels always suffocating and real as it drags us into this bleak universe filled with dreadful people living in so much misery and poverty.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A good-yet-unremarkable film with a simple yet somewhat perplexing, often slow plot. It's almost as if, not just the cast but the entire film, was built as a supporting cast to give Jennifer Lawrence a shot at the Oscars. And it's a good performance, probably a decent projection of what we can expect from her in the future.


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Bleak and disenchanting look at the dark side of the American country side. Carried by great acting performances and the fascinatingly gloomy criminal networks of Ozark County the film manages to engage the audience, even if it primarily consists of Jennifer Lawrence walking through the woods and talking to hostile hillbilly hicks. Surprisingly, that works because we very soon start to care about Ree.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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