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Down to the Bone Reviews

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November 11, 2006
The movie boasts a fantastic performance by Vera Farmiga and an exceedingly unhappy storyline. It's a movie you "appreciate" more than you "enjoy."
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 26, 2006
The movie takes us down an unexpected path with riveting skill and a refreshing lack of easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2006
The movie seems to be about drug addiction and recovery, but it gradually shifts, becoming a look from an unusual angle at what a big job it is to be a parent and the priorities it requires.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2006
Farmiga effectively shows the fear, need and hope at war within Irene, how the false high of being clean for a week can fade when she realizes the second week isn't going to be any easier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2006
Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 6, 2006
If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2005
The film is so pitch perfect and realistic, it seems you are there with these people, watching their lives unfold before you as it happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 15, 2005
if you've ever wondered why people in 12-step programs aren't supposed to sleep together right off the bat, well, this movie is about to show you, in detail.
December 6, 2005
A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 2, 2005
Vera Farmiga gives an astonishing performance in this complex chronicle of a drug addict who goes through rehab, yearning for redemption, but her experience is not tidy and there's no neat conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 2, 2005
This marks [Farmiga's] arrival as One to Watch. See her here, and you can say you remember the early days.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 30, 2005
Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 28, 2005
Conventional movies, even independent ones, tend to get histrionic and judgmental about such drug-related setbacks. But Granik's film, though hardly a clinical case study, keeps a measured distance from the heavy-handed or simplistic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 28, 2005
... a harrowing character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 28, 2005
[A] small, beautifully faceted gem.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 28, 2005
... a stark, realistic portrait of a working-class mother in New York's depressed Ulster County as she tries to battle a drug habit.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 28, 2005
Down to the Bone emerges with an aura of authenticity so strong as to be mesmerizing, thanks to a superior script brought to life with infallibly natural performances ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 28, 2005
Debra Granik's independent drama "Down to the Bone" builds with a strong, quiet intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2005
A glimpse into the private lives and dirty secrets of people trying to claw their way to a better place.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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