For actress Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone presents her with a breakout role.
This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble. full review
If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
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. full review
Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey. full review
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. full review
This film has an ear for the way moms talk to kids, a sensitivity to drug-sweetened intimacies, and an appreciation of the urgent nuance, not just the comedy, of recovery-speak. full review
... a stark, realistic portrait of a working-class mother in New York's depressed Ulster County as she tries to battle a drug habit. full review
Down to the Bone emerges with an aura of authenticity so strong as to be mesmerizing, thanks to a superior script brought to life with infallibly natural performances ... full review
Unlike most movies about addictions, Down to the Bone doesn't follow the usual, comforting three-act structure -- social user develops a problem, user becomes a desperate addict, user finally gets some help. full review
First-time feature director's disciplined objectivity is coupled with humanism in this collaboration with a gifted cast and cinematographer. full review
[A] small, beautifully faceted gem.