Summary: The folks in this gritty powerful film, set in the Ozarks and featuring the emerging young actress Jennifer Lawrence, are so realistic that they hardly seem to be acting. The goodies command all our sympathy in their victimhood; the baddies arouse all our indignation in their cruelty; and the key guy caught in between (the brother of Ree's dead father), who is both good and bad and thus the hardest part to play, is very familiar as someone like most of us.
Summary: I very much enjoyed this film and thought it portrayed the reality of poverty stricken mountain life very well. Very impressive performances all round and especially by Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes. I thought the film delivered a bleak and compelling story which was well told.
Excerpt: While not as intense and thrill grinding as the trailer suggests, Winter's Bone is a well crafted and acted film that has the right amount of edge to it, even though I would have expected more. Jennifer Lawrence in her first big movie role, gives a command performance along with John Hawkes as teardrop. The mystery on the missing father is kept in check the entire film as the suspense builds around that and Lawrence's character.
Excerpt: Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly has a problem. She's stuck trying to manage a run-down household that consists of her ailing Mom, two younger siblings, an absent father, and no income to support them. That problem becomes minor when Ree learns that her meth-cooking Dad has put up their home and land for bail - and is now nowhere to be found. Things come to a head when Ree is told she has just days to produce Jessup (her father) or face eviction.
Excerpt: Movie reminded me alot of how things were back in "the sticks"..Ya know, we took care of our own..Interesting movie overall.Agree with the others about it being a bit slow in unfolding, but overall it kept your interest..Acting was on par..PQ was outstanding as well as the AQ...I would definitely recommend at least a rental.