Out of the Furnace
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From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"Aims for Bruce Springsteen with its blue-collar big themes and stadium-rock emotion but ends up as a bandana-wearing clichť."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Good actors really earn their pay when they have to negotiate bad scripts."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Almost as if attempting to recreate the setting of a Bruce Springsteen song ... it's wonderful to look at if not necessarily to watch."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"Seems bound to the conventions of crime and revenge tales to the point where everything in it works toward those conventions without much regard to thematic cohesion."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances!"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"This is a movie that might have been a great drama at four hours with a more ambitious script and a director with a vision or something to say."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"A down-and-dirty revenge picture whose classy cast elevates it above its gritty, grimy trappings."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"This tragic revenge drama about a pair of blue-collar brothers battered by fate in a dying rust-belt town is almost unrelentingly grim, but the cast's powerhouse performances keep you watching, as does the film's vividly atmospheric sense of place."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Manly words spoken by manly men: that's one of the dry pleasures of the sturdy burnt-case male melodrama "Out of the Furnace.""
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Solid, dark, tough-as-nails working-class drama about violence, desperation and Woody Harrelson's unparalleled ability to play an inbred hick."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The movie has an undeniable, dour force, but it's basically conventional macho filmmaking, and it's extremely violent."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"One of the best movies I've seen this year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"A working-class morality play that's unrelenting, bleak and full of indelible acting performances."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Intense acting doesn't save Furnce from the fires"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"This is tough, unrelenting and uncompromising stuff, conjuring a doomed atmosphere with honourable parallels to the 1978 classic The Deer Hunter."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
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