Down to the Bone Synopsis
A working-class mother struggles to overcome a cocaine habit.
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San Francisco Chronicle

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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
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...
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L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
Quietly devastating.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
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New York Post

Writer-director Debra Granik has found a star, and wisely builds every scene around Farmiga's character.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This is a performance without the histrionics and emotional outbursts that accompany most portrayals of addiction. This feels closer to the...
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Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Farmiga is excellent as a woman who is like the mouse she feeds to her son's pet snake - trapped and about to be eaten alive by ordinary...
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Not Winter's Bone

By everyweek60706
You can be forgiven for thinking Down to the Bone is Deborah Granik's first Winter's Bone, especially since it's on the same subject, drug addiction. But no, they are not the same movie. My rating...

Five Word Review

By redyeah
brilliantly shot painfully realistic truth...

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Rated NR