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Down to the Bone Reviews

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
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
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2005
First-time feature director's disciplined objectivity is coupled with humanism in this collaboration with a gifted cast and cinematographer.
November 23, 2005
Quietly devastating.
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.
January 27, 2004
For actress Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone presents her with a breakout role.