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Rated R · 116 minutes · 2013
Director Scott Cooper is on heat check after scoring big with the out-of-nowhere Crazy Heart a few years ago. Unfortunately, he goes ice-cold about 90 minutes into Out of the Furnace. One of the best casts all year—and not a sour performance among them—features Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as blue-collar brothers in rural Pennsylvania. Affleck is just home from Iraq and fractured. He falls into the wrong crowd (Woody Harrelson being the most dastardly) and winds up missing. The law (Forest Whitaker) is helpless, so Bale goes rogue. That’s where the film starts to drift from a grade-A human drama into a listless revenge flick. The performances never lose their intensity, but unfortunately Cooper’s film loses its way chasing an ending that barely registers.


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Director: Scott Cooper
Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran, Ryan Kavanaugh, Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Tucker Tooley, Ron Burkle, Jason Colbeck, Robbie Brenner, Brooklyn Weaver, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Christian Mercuri, Joe Gatta and Jeff Waxman
Cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard

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The North Coast Journal Weekly All is Not Lost Redford sails, Statham and Disney coast by John J. Bennett 12/05/2013
Inlander Boiled Down Out of the Furnace offers amazing performances within a cumbersome story by Ed Symkus 12/05/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Out of the Furnace overreaches for emotion built on human suffering It tries to stand on the shoulders of giants, and is forced to settle for a piggyback ride. by Daniel Barnes 12/04/2013
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Arkansas Times Rock 'em, sock 'em in the Rust Belt Cast makes "Out of the Furnace' worth seeing. by Sam Eifling 12/12/2013
East Bay Express Out of the Furnace More corrosion in the Rust Belt. by Kelly Vance 12/06/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa Out of the Furnace burns out quickly The gritty and ambitious would-be thriller is well-acted but will leave you cold. by Kevin Tall 12/05/2013
The North Coast Journal Weekly American Underbelly Out of the Furnace goes into the darkness by John J. Bennett 12/12/2013
LA Weekly (NEW) Christian Bale and Casey Affleck Almost Save Out of the Furnace The life of Russell Baze, a steelworker in a Pennsylvania town just outside of Pittsburgh, may be drab and dreary, but he's a good, hardworking man with a loving girlfriend. His younger brother, Rodney, has it tougher: A war vet suffering from PTSD, Rodney hasn't been able to readjust to... by Stephanie Zacharek 12/05/2013
Portland Mercury Hicksploitation The slow burn of Out of the Furnace. by Erik Henriksen 12/04/2013

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