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%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Aims for Bruce Springsteen with its blue-collar big themes and stadium-rock emotion but ends up as a bandana-wearing cliché."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"A down-and-dirty revenge picture whose classy cast elevates it above its gritty, grimy trappings."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"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
"Out of the Furnace feels like America regressing into the wilds of the frontier."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"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
"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
"Out Of The Furnace is an all too rarely seen type of film: a big-feeling drama that proves that ambition doesn't have to be solely connected to the size of a film's budget and the number of special effects shots that it has."
‑ Erin Free, FILMINK (Australia)
"Good actors really earn their pay when they have to negotiate bad scripts."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"We're supposed to take this more seriously because it takes itself more seriously."
‑ David Edelstein, Vulture
"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)
"A great and bleak look at the often limited paths to redemption for individuals in the lower class..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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