Winter's Bone Reviews

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January 31, 2011
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.
November 17, 2010
A rewarding, richly detailed exploration of the strength of character required when confronted by ugly truths.
September 22, 2010
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.
September 16, 2010
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.
September 16, 2010
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.
September 15, 2010
Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence.
July 28, 2010
This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.
July 23, 2010
Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.
June 28, 2010
What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.
June 25, 2010
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
The result is a film and a character of unusual strength. Pity Ree, question her decisions, wonder about her future. But the girl does not quit.
June 25, 2010
Jennifer Lawrence gives a stirring turn in a gift-of-a-lifetime role.
June 25, 2010
A masterpiece of sparseness.
June 25, 2010
Both a whodunit and a coming-of-age tale, dominated by Jennifer Lawrence's luminous performance as the resourceful, much-tested Ree.
June 18, 2010
This is a world out of time and, despite the trappings of flinty realism, the film too unfolds like an elemental myth from the stormy past -- a Greek tragedy driven by dark fates and struggling toward a catharsis.
June 18, 2010
For Jennifer Lawrence, she's probably the most gifted actress of her generation. How wonderful that, so young, she has already found a role worthy of her talent.
June 17, 2010
The dialogue is so sparse and the plot is so lean in Winter's Bone, it requires acting of exemplary strength, and the movie delivers in spades, chiefly in the performances by Lawrence and Hawkes.
June 17, 2010
The gritty, desperate Ozarks milieu of Winter's Bone feels so real, so right, that you only slowly realize you're watching a detective movie.
June 17, 2010
It's been a long time since a film has conveyed a culture, and a sense of place, with such telling precision. At the same time, Winter's Bone thrums with suspense.
June 17, 2010
Winter's Bone is the best film of the year.
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