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“Winter's Bone Is A Movie Full Of Triumph And Tragedy. A Film That Will Sit In The Pit Of Your Stomach While You Are Watching And Refuse To Leave After The Credits Roll.”
“... Winter's Bone Is A Compelling Work For Its First Hour Or So, But The Magic It Created During That Time Was Lost On Me When The Story Flatlined...”
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“You Can't Choose Your Family...”
“Hauntingly Beautiful Portrayal Of Family & An Intense Subculture”
“A Harsh Film About Hill People That Does Nothing To Counter The Stereotypes.”
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
It is all given unironic dignity and power due to the outstanding lead performance from 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence as Ree, a young woman who must take on some scary neighbourhood types to protect her family.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
For all the horror, it's the drive toward life, not the decay, that lingers in the mind. As a modern heroine, Ree Dolly has no peer, and Winter's Bone is the year's most stirring film.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
This is a world out of time and, despite the trappings of flinty realism, the film too unfolds like an elemental myth from the stormy past -- a Greek tragedy driven by dark fates and struggling toward a catharsis.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
An absolute knockout.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Winter's Bone is a welcome reminder that thrillers don't have to be loud and boisterous to grab the attention and keep it captive.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Grim backwoods tale takes its time building momentum.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Winter's Bone is raw, real, understated, fiercely intense and surprisingly gentle and decent amid bursts of ferocity in the rural crime culture where the story's set.
David Germain - Associated Press
Every once in a rare while a movie gets inside your head and heart, rubbing your emotions raw. The remarkable Winter's Bone is just such a movie.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Intense, immersive and in control, Winter's Bone has an art house soul inside a B picture body, and that proves to be a potent combination indeed.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Peyton Place meets Deliverance in a meth lab.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
In moments of confrontation [Jennifer Lawrence's Ree] is as fearsome as Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, taking on monsters to protect the small and the vulnerable.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Image
Jennifer Lawrence is dazzling as the film's protagonist as she struggles to uncover the truth between her addict father's disappearance.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Winter's Bone is an absorbing and socially conscious piece of work, underwritten by the constant threat of violence.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Gritty and real...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Granik... proves a dab hand with the camera, capturing the starkness of the Ozarks and Ree's situation in a free-flowing and pensive way that transfers the chill of it all on to the screen.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Not having been to this part of the country, I can't say for sure whether Granik has captured it accurately. The point is that it feels genuine.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Granik pays deference to the curious ways of the mountain folk, rejecting the prevailing hillbilly cliches to depict people with hardy survival instincts in the grip of financial hardship and addiction.
Fiona Williams - sbs.com.au
An unflinching portrait of shabby life in the Ozarks, this powerful indie drama features an Oscar-caliber turn from Jennifer Lewis, a real discovery who's only 20, in the lead.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Winter's Bone certainly has its redeeming qualities, particularly its cinematography and a superb lead performance by Jennifer Lawrence, but man, does it feel EMPTY until a gripping sequence near the end.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
An acutely gripping, grimly authentic thriller.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Un retrato realista, crudo y duro de ambientes y personajes que viven al margen de la sociedad, de la ley y la moral, y que crece en intensidad como un thriller de suspenso. Estupendas actuaciones de Jennifer Lawrence y John Hawkes.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Uma narrativa densa e multifacetada que permite que aquelas pessoas desafiem nossos preconceitos e se apresentem como individuos imperfeitos, sim, mas jamais unidimensionais.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
There is a profound sense of Neorealism percolating beneath Winter's Bone's noirish mystery plot.
Shaun Munro - Obsessed With Film
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Debra Granik's bleak little film is as tough, unflinching and fascinating as the characters who eke out a life amid its cold, gray hills.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
... consciously attempting to avoid cliches can erode authenticity. To director Debra Granik's credit, realism permeates every frame of digital imagery
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
A gripping movie that graphically portrays poverty as the worst form of violence in the life of a 17-year-old heroine struggling to save her family.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Winter's Bone is boosted by a stellar cast of characters who engender both scares and occasional sympathy.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online