Winter's Bone Reviews

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August 29, 2019
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 21, 2019
With locations and characters that feel so authentic, yet mysterious, it creates its own genre: anthropological horror.
March 8, 2019
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.
December 31, 2018
Beautifully shot across the vast, bleak landscapes of the Missouri Ozarks, Debra Granik's minimalistic tale of strength and determination is a deeply moving experience, propelled by the amazing performances of Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes.
November 5, 2018
Granik and Anne Rosellini's screenplay is a simple affair, allowing Jennifer Lawrence's grim determination to keep you hooked. And it works.
April 23, 2018
This harsh film, set in gray Ozark forests, represents a step forward in screen depictions of the rural South, and in the career of its writer-director, Debra Granik.
August 22, 2017
. . .the film also hits every major poverty clich: hard men, harder women and a code of honour among the thieves and junkies that is as intractable as it is ancient. The notes are solemnly intoned one after the other.
May 12, 2017
Beneath the fierce naturalism of the stark chilly/beautiful imagery and tough performances is a rural noir in an unforgiving world and Granik tells the story with great skill.
July 11, 2012
Peyton Place meets Deliverance in a meth lab.
June 12, 2012
In moments of confrontation [Jennifer Lawrence's Ree] is as fearsome as Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, taking on monsters to protect the small and the vulnerable.
August 15, 2011
Jennifer Lawrence is dazzling as the film's protagonist as she struggles to uncover the truth between her addict father's disappearance.
June 30, 2011
Winter's Bone is an absorbing and socially conscious piece of work, underwritten by the constant threat of violence.
May 21, 2011
Gritty and real...
May 18, 2011
Granik... proves a dab hand with the camera, capturing the starkness of the Ozarks and Ree's situation in a free-flowing and pensive way that transfers the chill of it all on to the screen.
April 4, 2011
Not having been to this part of the country, I can't say for sure whether Granik has captured it accurately. The point is that it feels genuine.
March 30, 2011
Granik pays deference to the curious ways of the mountain folk, rejecting the prevailing hillbilly clichs to depict people with hardy survival instincts in the grip of financial hardship and addiction.
March 26, 2011
An unflinching portrait of shabby life in the Ozarks, this powerful indie drama features an Oscar-caliber turn from Jennifer Lewis, a real discovery who's only 20, in the lead.
March 13, 2011
Winter's Bone certainly has its redeeming qualities, particularly its cinematography and a superb lead performance by Jennifer Lawrence, but man, does it feel EMPTY until a gripping sequence near the end.
March 10, 2011
An acutely gripping, grimly authentic thriller.
February 24, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
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