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Down to the Bone Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 25, 2005
Unlike most movies about addictions, Down to the Bone doesn't follow the usual, comforting three-act structure -- social user develops a problem, user becomes a desperate addict, user finally gets some help.
| Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 25, 2005
Any sympathy developed for the characters quickly erodes as they continue to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but expose children to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dave White
November 25, 2005
You'll see relative unknown Farmiga deliver one of those subtle, controlled, humane performances that should win Oscars but never do because the Oscars are a lot of jive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Robert Koehler
November 23, 2005
First-time feature director's disciplined objectivity is coupled with humanism in this collaboration with a gifted cast and cinematographer.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 23, 2005
Quietly devastating.
Rachel Gordon
November 22, 2005
a brave, elegantly filmed, treasure of perseverance
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
November 21, 2005
This film has an ear for the way moms talk to kids, a sensitivity to drug-sweetened intimacies, and an appreciation of the urgent nuance, not just the comedy, of recovery-speak.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
April 1, 2005
A terrifically dark tale.
Joshua Tanzer
June 12, 2004
It's the opposite of most films about drugs vs. life because it puts life up front.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Pulver
May 22, 2004
Granik gets a strong performance out of Farmiga, as she does from nearly the whole cast.
March 3, 2004
Whether you're ready for the ride depends on whether you're looking for traditional filmic fare, or whether you're in the mood to be dragged into the depths of depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pam Grady
February 4, 2004
Granik brings to her drama a clear-eyed realism as she charts one woman's descent into a drug-fueled purgatory.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2004
For actress Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone presents her with a breakout role.
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