What amazes me is how polarizing this film is! Most of the comments either place Winter's Bone as the "best movie of the year" or "horrible" and "boring". Maybe extreme positions are what motivate us to comment. Anyway I enjoyed the film. I wish all thrillers could be handled this adroitly. Weather the film depicts this subculture accurately or not I can't say, but it FEELS authentic and that I think is success.