Reviews for this film from our members:
Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
Excerpt: Out of the furnace è una storia di vendetta, in un mondo di diseredati in cui non c’è spazio per la giustizia, se non nella forma più primordiale.
Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
Excerpt: As was the case with his directorial debut Crazy Heart, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace struggles in its storytelling and guidance of a pedigree cast. Whether these middling to poor results reflect Cooper’s shortcomings as a director remains to be fully seen, but a pattern has certainly emerged and it’s not exactly a promising one.
Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
Excerpt: A drama in which we watching a good man crumble and descend into darkness.
Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
Excerpt: a nice alternative to the more explosive and flashy effects-driven films
Michael Dequina @ TheMovieReport.com
Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
Excerpt: The final act of Out of the Furnace isn’t just routine in terms of what happens; it also feels disconnected from its characters in how it unfolds.
Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
Excerpt: Dark, tedious and dour, it’s a melancholy, depressing dirge centered on the contemporary decay and decline of the American Dream.
Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
Excerpt: t’s a stark, unsettling working class revenge tale with grim echoes of The Deer Hunter, but for all its great casting and bleak atmospherics, Out of the Furnace is never quite the film it should be.
| [New – 3/6/14] Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
Excerpt: Like a black cloud stalking the horizon, co-writer/director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace has all the aesthetic and sensory cues that you’re about to be dropped into a no win situation.
Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
Excerpt: Its predictable narrative lacks too much ambition to allow for the characters to truly shine.
Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
Excerpt: Out of the Furnace is nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s elevated by a “Winter’s Bone”-authentic sense of place and a handful of superb, even incendiary, performances from a must-see cast.
Danny King @ The Film Stage
Excerpt: [The] weaknesses of the…film are almost entirely the result of a wall-to-wall sense of nastiness and faux-gritty miserablism.
Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
Excerpt: … cried out to be a tough, stripped down ‘B’ on the order of ‘First Blood’ and ‘Rolling Thunder.” Unfortunately, Cooper had something more ambitious in mind.
Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
Excerpt: The film’s rich atmosphere and strong performances make it worth seeing even if it falls short of being great.
Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
Excerpt: It’s a movie that kicks up a lot of dust, but once the dust clears, you’re only left with stale air.
Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
Excerpt: Originality is not the strong suit of this tough, gritty Rust Belt revenge melodrama of two brothers caught in the cold quicksand of the dead American dream, but some startlingly good performances give it life.
Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
Excerpt: For a film toting itself a thriller, it is not all that thrilling.
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
Excerpt: Scott Cooper’s American character study-thriller bursts at the seams. After his directorial debut with “Crazy Heart,” Cooper returns from his Oscar win with a sophomore movie that fulfills his promise as a filmmaker of vision and grit.
Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: Its origin in pulp revenge melodrama can’t be obscured by references to rust-belt economic malaise and the nation’s unconscionable treatment of veterans.
Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
Excerpt: Director Cooper capably conveys the entropic Rust Belt anguish of the film’s setting, thanks in part to on-location shooting, and in part to an absurdly overqualified cast.
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