Winter's Bone Synopsis
Facing the loss of her home if she fails, a teen sets out on a dangerous quest to find her father.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's those noir bones that give this social-realist drama its punch, as if Humphrey Bogart had been recast as a 17-year-old girl and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This is one helluva drama, with one helluva star turn by Jennifer Lawrence as Ree.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Every so often a film gets under our skin with its haunting authenticity, reinforcing our faith in the wonderfully transporting power of...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
One of the unshowiest and most true-blooded epics of Americana you're ever likely to see.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Winter's Bone is unforgettable. It means to shake you, and does.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Debra Granik's Winter's Bone is one of those movies -- like last year's inner-city down-a-thon, "Precious" -- that can't quite make a...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Grim backwoods tale takes its time building momentum.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Amid all the hokey hill stuff, Lawrence's hard eyes and manner draw us in.
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By abrust9

not enough info clearly stated to enjoy

By jdilworth
The acting is very good as well the sound track but thought the story line could have been more clearly stated . In the beginning didn't know the mother was sick, didn't know the male lead was the...

A different kind of movie. A mystery and yet a story about a family. Must See.

By buffetfan1102
I enjoyed this movie. All throughout the movie it kept you trying to figure things out. I enjoyed the characters and the story of a family that is in very hard times. You feel for the characters....

Bone is a contender

By fm10012
The trailer for this movie interested me only marginally but I felt compelled to see it because none of my friends had seen it. The production values for the movie are awesome. I seldom find...

A deep look inside a culture not too many people see

By nuzman9
This strange, chilling story takes the audience deep inside the culture that spawn the Hatfields and the McCoys -- hillbilly clans that have their own morals, laws and standards. Their forms of...

A very good film about the endurance of the human spirit.

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Winter's Bone

By bloomie
Something like you've never seen before. I sat in the theater after the movie and thought, "What did I just see?" Gives a huge look at one of America's sub-cultures. Intriguing and troubling....

Winter's Bone

By Andrewlb862
Amazing character work, beautiful cinematography and a host of incredibly tough women made for a surprisingly haunting and bleak look into back-woods Americana on crank. Beautiful and disturbing from...

A gritty, well-made little film.

By brunowe
Winter's Bone is about a 17-year-old girl who is tending her younger sibs and her sick mothers. She gets word that her meth-dealer father skipped bail after putting his family's house and land up as...

A moving, haunting, story

By cantaloupe
Great acting -- a combination of professional actors and real-life inhabitants. Besides being a powerful story, the film gives a "inside" view of life in the backwoods of Missouri that is faxinating....

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Rated R | For for some drug material, language and violent content
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Common Sense Media says Strong teen girl character drives grim but superb drama.
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