User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59

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Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    100
    It's tough and cold and gives an inside look at poverty in America. Yet the film is also incredibly compelling and intense and I can't think of another film that's this small and powerful.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    No trendsetter or breakthrough, this is more than anything else a welcome chance for the fine actor Melissa Leo to finally dominate a film in a terrific and affecting lead role.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    80
    If there's one thing this movie gets dead right, it's the desperation of impoverished single mothers trying to fend for their children.