To the Bone
To the Bone (2017)

Based on the real-life experiences of writer/director Marti Noxon, TO THE BONE shares the story of 20-year- old Ellen and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor where she and the other residents… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 14, 2017
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2017
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: To the Bone offers an insightful, empathetic look at a widespread issue, led by exemplary work from Lily Collins in the central role.

Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

Ultimately the most resonant message To the Bone has to offer is that there is no one certain way to heal from anorexia, and no one right way to tell stories about it either.

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Tricia Olszewski

It's certainly realistic that the young woman may not be sufficiently self-aware to know why she puts great effort into remaining a virtual skeleton. But there are other sufferers in the story, and all are painted even more generically.

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Mikel Zorrilla

A missed opportunity despite a remarkable Lily Collins. [Full review in Spanish]

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April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly

Though To the Bone isn't quite enjoyable to watch, it's acted well and is, in its depiction of this all-too-pervasive disorder, essential.

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Kate Erbland

Collins' performance is certainly the main attraction here, but Noxon has rounded out the rest of her cast with equally as impressive supporting turns from performers as diverse as Reeves, Retta, Alex Sharp, Preston, and Lili Taylor.

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Amy Zimmerman
The Daily Beast

The story of Ellen won't be everyone's story, but it is still effectively wielded to shed a harsh light on the way we seek to ascribe meaning to the illnesses of others.

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Verne Gay

The performances are mostly excellent, Collins' above all.

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Sheila O'Malley

There are aspects of this approach that are refreshing. Noxon clearly knows the territory. But the end result is confusing and unfocused.

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Pauline Adamek
FILMINK (Australia)

While To The Bone's dramatic strength lies in its first-hand immediacy, the meandering tale fails to engage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Okay. Kind of plods along a bit. Fine for a Netflix watch, but wouldn't have been happy if I spent money on it.
KJ Proulx
Films that are based around events that happen throughout our every day life can be very hard to watch at times. I'm not going to sugar coat this film and… More
Brendan Nicholls
The film had a lot of potential but it never breaks away from the teen angst vibe that surrounds it. Collins gives a career defining performance and the depth… More