• Joshua Correll

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Joshua Correll 26 Jan, 2015

    I remember seeing this film for the first time in the theaters and thinking a) this Jennifer Lawrence is really going to have a great career, and b) she should be cast as Katniss Everdeen. I'm very pleased to have been right on both accounts.

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  • loupea

    ★★★★½ Watched by loupea 24 Jan, 2015

    30 Female Directors

    "Never ask for what oughta be offered."

    Maybe if I hadn't actually been born and raised in Southwest Missouri I'd be able to give this film five stars. Although I'm not sure how people live in the Ozark Mountains proper (where this is set), if felt more like Appalachia than what I was imagining.

    I spent a summer in Forsyth (the film's town setting) when I was roughly Ree's age as well. And I just don't remember…

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  • Panta Oz

    ★★★★ Added by Panta Oz

    This wonderful artwork of Debra Granik collected few awards: the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, two awards at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival in Germany, awards for Best Film, Best Actress (Lawrence) at the 2010 Stockholm International Film Festival and it won the Fipresci Prize, as well as Best Feature and Best Ensemble Performance at the 2010 Gotham Awards. It has earned seven nominations at the 2010 Independent…

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  • Jason MD-P

    ★★★★½ Added by Jason MD-P

    Excellent acting, great tension built incorporating real danger but with a satisfying ending. The plot had a bit of an urban feel to it, like it could have just as easily played out in the inner city. But that plot's been done many times over that way and feels really fresh in this low income rural setting. It was a pretty amazing story, but the protagonist's character is so convincing you are able to just believe she could pull it off.

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  • HotDonkeyBear

    ★★★★★ Watched by HotDonkeyBear 17 Jan, 2015 1

    A great deal of fuss has been made about Jennifer Lawrence's career catapulting performance and I can see why. She plays beyond her years and carries the bulk of the movie with poise and grit. This is a lean drama with characteristics of a modern western with the Ozarks baring more than a striking similarity to the Appalachian communities showcased in the documentaries on Jesco White and the Whites of West Virginia.

    It's Deadwood alumni John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt…

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  • Zachary Zahos

    ★★★ Watched by Zachary Zahos 17 Jan, 2015

    An odd movie, its principal allure and consistent strength being proof of Jennifer Lawrence: Badass. And as that lovely final shot suggests, perhaps too bluntly, she is too sharp, too dogged to stay put where she is — good thing they sent her to Panem and David O. Russell. Granik’s visuals are strong but not very complicated, making reductive readings (“this is poverty porn!”) quite easy to float and difficult to disprove. There is no possibility of transcendence to her…

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  • Oliwe

    ★★★½ Watched by Oliwe 14 Jan, 2015

    A very quiet movie with an interesting story. Jennifer Lawrence does a good job.

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  • Rick Niley

    ★★ Watched by Rick Niley 06 Jan, 2015

    Doggedly stuck in first gear, this backwoods drama about the ugliness of humanity's core and how to claw your way above it is most notable for Jennifer Lawrence's breakout performance. She brings a naturalism to Ree Dolly, a teen girl forced to become a parental figure when her dad skips out and her mother goes crazy.

    The film doesn't bother to dig too deep thematically, instead projecting a very cold, cynical hue over every scene. Rather, it focuses on a…

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  • Michael

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Michael 20 Jul, 2013

    Astonishingly good film. A mystery/odyssey which looks uncompromisingly yet respectfully at a subculture filled with despair and danger where even the closest relationships involve caution and suspicion with great care taken to never give up an advantage or reveal anything which could ever possibly be used against you. One of the most genuinely human films I have seen.

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  • Jasmine

    ★★★½ Watched by Jasmine 10 Jan, 2015

    Why does everyone rave about jlaw in this film? Like she was good, better than usual, but was she deserving of an oscar nom? I don't think so...

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  • Nicole R.

    ★★★★ Watched by Nicole R. 06 Jan, 2015

    At first blush, this isn't a terribly remarkable story. It feels like the kind of thing that might pop up in a college creative-writing workshop. But cinema, at its heart, is a tool for enhancing stories, and that's what this film does. The interiors of the houses and trailers, the yards littered with rusting farm equipment, the hubbub of a cattle auction, and (with one or two exceptions) the people themselves are portrayed in a thoroughly realistic fashion. (Full disclosure:…

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  • jack18

    ★★★★½ Watched by jack18 03 Jan, 2015

    J&M
    - Technically J's pick (she suggested)
    - Very good

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