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Out of the Furnace

Crime . Drama . Thriller

Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.

Actors: Nancy Mosser , Carl Ciarfalio , Dendrie Taylor , Mark Kubr , Tom Bower , Boyd Holbrook , Casey Affleck , Forest Whitaker , Willem Dafoe , Sam Shepard , Woody Harrelson , Zoe Saldana , Christian Bale
Directors: Scott Cooper
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2013-12-06
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  • Richard Roeper

    Bale has given a number of memorable performances, but this just might be his best work to date.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Cooper seems to make actors feel safe and willing to expose themselves in ways they ordinarily might not, and time and again he takes scenes to places of unexpected emotional power.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Yes, there are higher-profile films out there this year, and there are films with more resonant messages. But there are few that include so many captivating performances in such an involving story.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It’s a heavy, solemn tale of blood ties that turns into a melodramatic gusher filled with abstractions about masculinity, America and violence, but brought to specific, exciting life by Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Bale, Affleck and Harrelson are in their element as men battered by life, delivering exceptional performances that hold nothing back. Bale and Affleck are as nuanced as Harrelson is unhinged. It is among the finest work done by all three.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Like “The Deer Hunter” — from which it swipes its Keystone State milieu, its haunted veterans, and its self-endangerment metaphor — Out of the Furnace gets under your skin.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    In the meaty bad guy role, Harrelson entertainingly goes all the way, putting him way out there on the ledge with any of your favorite loonies, psychos and unhinged nutjobs.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Cooper, who steered Jeff Bridges through his Oscar-winning turn in Crazy Heart, gets fiercely committed performances from just about everyone in Out of the Furnace.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A well-acted, beautifully filmed, utterly depressing chronicle of revenge and thwarted dreams in post-industrial America.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Scott Cooper, who directed and co-wrote Out of the Furnace, empathizes with people who feel their lives have hit a dead end (his previous film, "Crazy Heart," earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar as a washed-up country singer who had given up on himself). These are difficult characters to dramatize.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Bale's is a pitch-perfect, understated performance in this involving neo-noir thriller.

    USA Today Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    What this movie finally boils down to is a deceptively simple tale of two brothers, and of being one's brother's keeper, and of seeking justice on the crudest of fronts.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    The film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Out of the Furnace goes so far out of its way to be gritty and meaningful that it sometimes neglects its strongest feature: its actors.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Out Of The Furnace is a defiantly old-fashioned, well-crafted piece of storytelling whose power lies in its unadorned simplicity.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Out of the Furnace brims with atmosphere and Bale, Affleck, and Harrelson deliver some of their finest acting work. Smokestack lightning this film is not, but Out of the Furnace nevertheless provides a solid whiff.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Like last year’s vaguely similar “Killing Them Softly,” “Furnace” reeks of '70s-inspired, downbeat, politically conscious genre filmmaking. And its cast is composed of hard-working, seemingly omnipresent actors who understand what Cooper’s after.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    If the downbeat plot is depressingly familiar, it’s partly salvaged by the quality of the performances.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Out of the Furnace features some nice performances and is deliciously atmospheric but it never achieves its goal of being a compelling meditation about how the economic erosion of a community influences the lives of those trapped within it.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Out of the Furnace could have been a starkly powerful human drama or a cheesy, vibrant action film. It splits the difference and ends up playing like a lesser Springsteen song.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's the bruised history of these brothers that gives Out of the Furnace its beating heart and the power to grip you hard.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Affleck, in particular, finds something fierce and noble in uneven material and in his character's rage. He's not like any other actor in American movies.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Emma Dibdin

    Christian Bale’s earnest, emotional turn sustains a thriller that throws a few mean jabs but staggers towards a punch-drunk resolution.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Bale is as good as it gets, Harrelson shows us why he is Hollywood’s favourite psycho and Willem Dafoe is terrific as a sleazy drug dealer. The rest of the film is without a bat squeak of authenticity.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A quality production, with awards-bid performances from Bale and Affleck to prove it... but, as signalled by the curiously unmemorable title, it flounders while trying to come up with a story to embody the things it wants to say about the sorry state of modern America. Worth seeing, but a near-miss.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Subtle performances — especially from Bale and Affleck, both growing meaner in the absence of hope — transcend any structural weaknesses. The bottom drops out early for them, but their endgame is savagely captivating.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Cooper may have gone overboard in delineating the hardships of blue-collar life in Out of the Furnace. But he has a gift for getting actors to put some muscle into their work, and enough finesse to make sure the sweat doesn't show.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This is fire-breathing melodrama masquerading as social commentary.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Sometimes resembling a cross between "Winter’s Bone" and "Warrior" — but without the stylized language of the former or the male-weepie conviction of the latter — Out Of The Furnace gets by on the commitment of its cast.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Cooper does slow the action and set it in the least glamorous of circumstances, which drains the pleasure from the thriller conventions. But just because Out of the Furnace isn't much fun doesn't make it profound.

    NPR Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    We’re supposed to take this more seriously because it takes itself more seriously.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Unfortunately this film has none of their urgency or sense of control; for long stretches it just doesn't seem to have any idea what, exactly, it wants to say, or be. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Devolves from an electrifying character study into a disappointing tale of trackdown and revenge.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    More bitter, bleak lives of American mill workers without a compass and no place to go if they had one are showcased in the pessimistic drama Out of the Furnace. It’s getting to be a dismal film director’s obsession bordering on cliché.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Out of the Furnace is hot air.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    As colorful as it and its people are, Cooper lets the brawling and the bigger-than-big performances get the better of him, and his story. Out of the Furnace feels undercooked, as a result.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Out of the Furnace is no disaster, but it doesn’t achieve what it hopes to achieve, and it has no one to blame but itself. Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Out of the Furnace is much longer on style and belligerence than actual substance.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It shambles and ambles, seemingly without focus or pattern, from one thing to the next. Yet at the same time, it's predictable, not from moment to moment, but in its outlines.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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