Down to the Bone
Down to the Bone (2005)

Independent filmmaker Debra Granik makes her feature debut with the drama Down to the Bone, based on her award-winning short Snake Feed. Vera Farmiga stars as Irene, a working-class mother living in upstate New York. She struggles to keep… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 25, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A vivid portrayal of the effects of drug abuse that avoids cinematic clichés, Down to the Bone is a winning effort that features Vera Farmiga's breakout performance.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Though it runs slow at times, Down To The Bone showed more the emotional dehabilitation rather than the obvious physical ware drugs took on a small town mom...

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.

Gene Seymour

Conventional movies, even independent ones, tend to get histrionic and judgmental about such drug-related setbacks. But Granik's film, though hardly a clinical case study, keeps a measured distance from the heavy-handed or simplistic.

Eric D. Snider

The movie boasts a fantastic performance by Vera Farmiga and an exceedingly unhappy storyline. It's a movie you "appreciate" more than you "enjoy."

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is so pitch perfect and realistic, it seems you are there with these people, watching their lives unfold before you as it happens.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

... a harrowing character study.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The movie takes us down an unexpected path with riveting skill and a refreshing lack of easy answers.

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