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Down to the Bone Reviews

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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
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 23, 2005
Quietly devastating.
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 28, 2005
... a harrowing character study.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
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Robert Koehler
Variety
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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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
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
January 9, 2006
Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
November 28, 2005
[A] small, beautifully faceted gem.
| Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
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
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
November 28, 2005
Debra Granik's independent drama "Down to the Bone" builds with a strong, quiet intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
May 22, 2004
Granik gets a strong performance out of Farmiga, as she does from nearly the whole cast.
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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.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
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.
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