Jennifer Armstrong
August 04, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Winter's Bone

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/11/10
performer
John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt
director
Debra Granik
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Debra Granik
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Daniel Woodrell’s writing crackles so much in Winter’s Bone he hardly needs plot or characters. But darned if he doesn’t come up with those, too, in spitfire 16-year-old Ree Dolly’s quest to find her dad, who jumped bail on crank-cooking charges and may cost her family their home in the poverty-stricken Ozarks. His vivid descriptions bludgeon you with details of Ree’s harrowing life — whether she’s sleeping in a cave in the winter or taking a brutal beating from relatives whose help she seeks. And her brief rays of hope — dreams of joining the Army, her beloved nature-sounds tapes — make you ache for her even more.

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