Steel City
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A young man struggles to hold his family together while keeping his own life on track in this independent drama. P.J. Lee (Thomas Guiry) is a teenager growing up in a decaying industrial town in Illinois. Few kids have it easy where P.J.'s from, but he has it harder than most -- his parents split up several years ago, and P.J.'s father, Carl (John Heard), is in jail on vehicular manslaughter charges he's not likely to shake. P.J.'s big brother, Ben (Clayne Crawford), is married and has a life of his own, through his fondness for booze and other women suggests he's following… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Steel City is gritty, blue-collar and surprisingly dry-eyed. If it hadn't been a movie, it could have been a song off Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The phrase 'small, personal film' can sound like an alibi for a trivial and self-indulgent vanity project, but Brian Jun's well-crafted Steel City embodies the highest promise of the term."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Awfully low-key yet undeniably engaging..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For big chunks in the middle of the movie, Steel City seems lost and styleless, but it builds a cumulative power as we get closer to learning what's up."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Brian Jun's directorial debut exhibits enough unfussy familiarity with its tattered blue-collar locale."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Many traps await novice filmmakers, but writer-director Jun has bypassed most in his absorbing debut."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Time Out
"Steel City is one of the most hopeful movies I've seen recently -- not just for its humane, realistic story line (about a small-town family in crisis), but in its very being."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Writer-director Brian Jun makes it clear that Steel City isn't about big events, even crucial inciting ones. It's about day-to-day decisions and how they change and inform relationships."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"While the territory of Steel City is as well-worn as the roads of this tiny town, the people and performances are interesting enough to warrant the detour."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Steel City is a moving look at fathers and sons. [Director] Jun neither romanticizes nor pathologizes blue-collar family life. In this earnest rust belt indie, doing the right thing means tipping the scale of justice."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Steel City may be the only movie released this year that's so observant you can hear what the characters aren't saying."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Nearly everything about Steel City is pure Indie Filmmaking 101."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Brian Jun makes a strong feature debut with a blue-collar drama rooted in character and community and focused on the everyday over the dramatic flare-ups..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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