Steel City
Steel City (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

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.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Awfully low-key yet undeniably engaging...

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Andrea Gronvall
Time Out

Many traps await novice filmmakers, but writer-director Jun has bypassed most in his absorbing debut.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Nearly everything about Steel City is pure Indie Filmmaking 101.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
CAST: Tom Guiry, John Heard, Raymond J. Barry, America Ferrera, Kristian Best, Rusty Gray, James R. Hentrich, Heather McComb DIRECTED BY: Brian Jun… More
paul sandberg
Here's a film that appears to be about nothing, and yet is about everything. Like a good jazz solo, it's not about what you hear(or see), it's… More
Mark Abell
Bleak, sad story about a kid who loses his job, his home, and his father in short order. America Ferrera has never looked better. Just wish she had more scenes… More