'Winter's Bone' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   165 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    A coming-of-age story that is not entirely about breaking free.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dan Kois Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Lawrence gives a guarded and watchful performance.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    A masterpiece of sparseness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Jennifer Lawrence gives a stirring turn in a gift-of-a-lifetime role.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    What we've been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won't let go.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    There is a hazard of caricature here. Granik avoids it. Her film doesn't live above these people, but among them.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The social detail of a 21st-century mountain community is completely persuasive, heightening the drama immeasurably.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    In an impeccable act of sympathetic imagination, director Debra Granik has entered into the soul of debt-ridden Appalachia.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    100
    Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    This unblinking look at America's Red State Crystal Meth Belt is an instant Southern Gothic classic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    An absolute knockout.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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