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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.
L.A. Weekly
Quietly devastating.
A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
New York Post
Writer-director Debra Granik has found a star, and wisely builds every scene around Farmiga's character.
Film Threat
Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic.
The Hollywood Reporter
This is a performance without the histrionics and emotional outbursts that accompany most portrayals of addiction. This feels closer to the truth.
First-time feature director's disciplined objectivity is coupled with humanism in this collaboration with a gifted cast and cinematographer. The artistic success, though, may be a bit too cool.
Village Voice
Like Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen," 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.
The kind of movie most independent films strive in vain to be: a small, beautifully faceted gem.
New York Daily News
Farmiga is excellent as a woman who is like the mouse she feeds to her son's pet snake - trapped and about to be eaten alive by ordinary circumstance.

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