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Winter's Bone

Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond before disappearing. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the woods of the Ozarks, but if she challenges her outlaw kin's code of silence, she risks her life. Countless obstacles lie in her path, but she hacks through lies and evasions to piece together just what exactly happened.
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Village Voice by

In the end, the most interesting aspect of this quiet, sometimes frustrating, sometimes thrilling film is the way it teases out the intricate power structures that flourish even in as godforsaken (and lovely) a place as the Ozarks.
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Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Again, Granik has foregrounded a bold woman, expertly balanced between fearlessness and Ree's own private nervousness.
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The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Granik has no taste for noir archness, opting for a chilly, shot-on-decaying-locations naturalism that feels as lived-in as Lawrence's performance.
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Boxoffice Magazine by Ray Greene

Winter's Bone so far past any notion of formula or precedent that comparison is a futile exercise. This film is a thing all its own.
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Movieline 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 distinction between profundity and plain old bleakness.

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