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Down to the Bone Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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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
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 28, 2005
... a harrowing character study.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
November 28, 2005
[A] small, beautifully faceted gem.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
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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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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 23, 2005
Quietly devastating.
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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.
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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.