MetroMix: Winter's Bone Review


Like last year’s “Precious,” another Sundance breakout about a teenager taking control of her life, “Winter’s Bone” digs deeper than stereotypes to illuminate the inner lives of people in tough situations rarely seen on film. Unlike “Precious,” “Winter’s Bone” unfolds as a good old mystery yarn, and the resulting necessities like suspense and plot twists don’t always gel with Granik’s naturalistic approach to the characters and their environment. But even when “Winter’s Bone” feels like two different movies playing at once, they’re both engrossing. It’s also a benefit to have Lawrence in the anchor role, contributing a beautiful breakout performance of resilience and grace. She’s especially well matched opposite John Hawkes (“Deadwood”) as Ree’s screwed-up uncle and self-appointed protector.

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