winter's bone has long, meditative shots of: little white trash kids playing on a ratty trampoline; a forlorn, forgotten rocking horse with icicles hanging off it; a sweet squirrel-skinning scene; and characters who say stuff like, "don't never ask for what should be offered." as you might expect, the critics came in their collective pants--it's got a "90" on metacritic. to a.o. scott, a movie like this is a travelogue where the characters' stupidity and desperation is ascribed a profundity that just isn't there in real life. one of the lone dissenting critics aptly described it as "southern-poverty porn." i think it's sort of like hillbilly minstrelsy.
i will say, though,that the actress who plays the girl does a really good job. her name's jennifer lawrence. here are some not very ozarkian pics of her: http://www.esquire.com/women/women-we-love/jennifer-lawrence-photos-0610. hubba-hubba! i'm sure she had to get a dialect coach to learn how to talk dumb. she's playing "mystique" in the next x-men movie.
john hawkes is also in this, and he's good, too. he was sol starr in "deadwood." have any of you guys ever watched deadwood? i like it almost as much as the wire.
so, winter's bone is not as good as advertised. it's not as horrible as crazy heart, but you can wait for the dvd. in the meantime, go see inception!