Philip Kennedy’s review:
Winter's Bone is the type of film I should probably love more then I did. It's bleak and haunting portrayal of life in the Ozark mountains is realized perfectly by writer-director Debra Granik and her cast deliver some terrific performances. Perhaps most notably Jennifer Lawrence who's unflinching performance in the film's central role is captivating and deserving of her Academy Award nomination last year.
That said, despite amazing performance and mood, Granik's decision to place tonality over character development left me feeling a little short changed by the whole thing, particularly after becoming so submerged in the world that she so perfectly created.