Winter's Bone Reviews

  • Lawrence is the movie's blooming discovery, a mesmerizing actor with a gaze that's the opposite of actress-coy and a voice modulated in the low, almost monotone cadences of local ways.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A coming-of-age story that is not entirely about breaking free.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Every so often a film gets under our skin with its haunting authenticity, reinforcing our faith in the wonderfully transporting power of cinematic storytelling. Winter's Bone is unquestionably that film.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The gritty, desperate Ozarks milieu of Winter's Bone feels so real, so right, that you only slowly realize you're watching a detective movie.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Lawrence gives a guarded and watchful performance.

    Dan Kois — Village Voice

  • Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A masterpiece of sparseness.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Jennifer Lawrence gives a stirring turn in a gift-of-a-lifetime role.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • There is a hazard of caricature here. Granik avoids it. Her film doesn't live above these people, but among them.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The way Lawrence captures a young woman's fear and resolve, often non-verbally, well ... this is a considerable talent well on her way to a great career.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The social detail of a 21st-century mountain community is completely persuasive, heightening the drama immeasurably.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's been a long time since a film has conveyed a culture, and a sense of place, with such telling precision. At the same time, Winter's Bone thrums with suspense.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • In an impeccable act of sympathetic imagination, director Debra Granik has entered into the soul of debt-ridden Appalachia.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The result is a film and a character of unusual strength. Pity Ree, question her decisions, wonder about her future. But the girl does not quit.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Following its brave heroine (an outstanding Jennifer Lawrence) as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her father's disappearance, the film employs the structure of a whodunit to take a tough, unflinching look at an impoverished Ozarks community.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The main reason for Winter's Bone to exist is that it delivers a little voyeuristic thrill -- a bit of poverty porno -- for the critics who awarded it their highest honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The dialogue is so sparse and the plot is so lean in Winter's Bone, it requires acting of exemplary strength, and the movie delivers in spades, chiefly in the performances by Lawrence and Hawkes.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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