Steel City
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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
"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
"Awfully low-key yet undeniably engaging..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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, Metromix.com
"Many traps await novice filmmakers, but writer-director Jun has bypassed most in his absorbing debut."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Time Out
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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