• Jeff Schroeck

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeff Schroeck 21 Jul, 2015

    This is a great crime thriller that presents an extended Missouri family as something of a cross between the Mafia and the CIA, with one member trying to get to the bottom of the mystery of where her father has gone. I'm not as high on Jennifer Lawrence's performance as most people-she doesn't seem as fully immersed in her character as the rest of the cast is in theirs-but the other performances, especially John Hawkes's, are great. The plain treatment…


  • RJSit10

    ★★★★ Added by RJSit10

    Even though J-Law just keeps getting better... somehow I think her best work will be showing what the womenfolk will do just to keep the family from disintegrating.

    What I appreciated most in Winter's Bone was the way nothing was explained to me, the outsider. No one had to stand in for my character. I just had to read the story. When a filmmaker is brave enough to trust me to work along with her, and is skilled enough to bring me into her world, that feels like a better movie to me.


  • Usernametoolong

    ★★★★ Watched by Usernametoolong 19 Jul, 2015

    The juxtaposition of Sundance and Oscar buzz is generally not a good sign as far as I’m concerned, but every now and then I’m happy to be proved wrong. It’s not difficult to see why it put Jennifer Lawrence on the map in a big way, she completely carries the movie, and it’s a pretty good movie, relentless and uncompromising in its vision, without wallowing in its misery.


  • Lucy

    ★★ Watched by Lucy 19 Jul, 2015

    Probably would've liked this film more if I could hear what any of them were saying.


  • mfulton

    ★★★★★ Added by mfulton



  • Audiences Everywhere

    ★★★★ Added by Audiences Everywhere

    "Is it possible to orchestrate a standard storyline amidst poverty without accusation of treading into an exploitative position? I argue that Granik does it here quite successfully. Then, at the heart of that, she implants the same principals respected across humanity: pride, family, love, determination. And grit. Boy, does Ree have grit."

    Read David Shreve's full review here.


  • The39thMan

    ★★★★½ Added by The39thMan

    Gripping, chilling, outstanding!


  • ericf129

    ★★★ Added by ericf129



  • Ben Hemphill

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ben Hemphill 11 Jul, 2015

    Nice little piece of Americana. Jeff Nichols would be proud.


  • Ashe Collins

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ashe Collins 09 Jul, 2015

    17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. I went into this blind for the most part. My wife…


  • Patrick Jensen

    ★★★½ Watched by Patrick Jensen 08 Jul, 2015

    I am not the biggest fan of Jennifer Lawrence. The reason for that is that her public persona is annoying beyond belief at times, and sometimes it transfers over to her acting as well. This is a tendency that showed its ugly face in X-Men: First Class (a film I find highly overrated) and American Hustle (which I also find overrated). With that said, she has shown that she can be a great actress, with her oscar-winning turn in Silver…


  • Trash City

    ★★★½ Watched by Trash City 07 Jun, 2015

    Full review: girlswithguns.org/winters-bone/

    Lawrence is great, convincing and sympathetic, resilient and focused, a heroine who is credible without being incredible. Indeed, all the performances hit the required spots, to a degree where you wonder if Granik simply put out a casting call for meth dealers. However, the script isn't as convincing, relying too much on people who have behaved one way, suddenly switching tack, for no obviously apparent reason beyond it being necessary for them to do so. It's not…