Winter's Bone

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Strong teen girl character drives grim but superb drama.

R 2010 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 15+

Girl has extended family from hell

It's a very good but extremely BLEAK movie. Jennifer Lawerance does an excellent job as the teenager forced to take care of her family because her dad's run off and her mother is mentally checked out. (echos of the hunger games...she has to hunt their food and Katniss's mother also checked out for awhile). The movie is unrelentingly bleak and sad. What she goes through is almost unwatchable. This movie was excellent but I would never want to watch it a second time.
age 16+

Return to when Movies were Simple and Great

Debra Granik is a masterful filmmaker, creating stunningly simple films of naturalist beauty. Winter's Bone is one such and is easily among my top five favorite films of all time. Jennifer Lawrence gives one of her earliest and best performances delivering raw emotion and a powerful and lasting impression. She is surly one of the 21st century's finest actresses and her work following this movie proves that. John Hawk also delivers a memorable performance which earned him an Oscar nomination along with Jennifer Lawrence for the same film. The film earns its R rating with some infrequent harsh language including f*ck, sh*t, a few sexual terms and one use of motherf*cker. The chainsaw scene is quite intense, though not much is seen. The very real threat of violence brings a sense of tension to the film throughout however and drug use, manufacture and sale is a major story element. As to representations and character role models Ree is a strong and determined young woman who will sacrifice much to help her family and shows great compassion and strength of will throughout. Teardrop, though not exactly admirable, does show a kind of rugged affection to Ree and her young siblings and is at heart a good man. Winter's Bone is well written, well acted, with beautiful cinematography and a strong story. I fully recommend this film to anyone who appreciates truly quality film making. That said, its slow, quiet rural environment, though welcomed by me, my bore some viewers who prefer faster and more stylized movies.

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