“A Beautifully Cold Blood Pictured Vendetta Or Finally Just Another Personal Vendetta?”
“Forgive Me Of My Sins O Lord. The Sins Of My Youth, The Sins Of My Age, The Sins Of My Soul, The Sins Of My Body.”
“"Do I Look Like A Cop".”
“It Is Easily One Of The Darkest Films Of 2013, Showing A Grittier Side To America And How Far Some People Can Descend Before They Have Hit Rock Bottom.”
“Heartbroken At These Outstanding Performances That Simply Just Go To Waste In These Drought Of A Screenplay. Let's Just Say I Expected Better From Oscar Nominee, Scott Cooper.”
“For Hope, For Family, For Justice.”
“Calling It The Biggest Disappointment Of The Year Doesn't Even Begin To Describe OUT OF THE FURNACE”
“Out Of The Furnace Works As A Bleak Character Piece, But Fails As A Drama And Thriller.”
Out of the Furnace works as a bleak character piece, but fails as a drama and thriller.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
It's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Bale gives one of his best performances, and Harrelson and Affleck are completely captivating.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Even when it descends into self-consciousness in a lurid final act, "Out of the Furnace" effectively brings viewers into a space where whatever people had to lose was either squandered or stolen.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Out of the Furnace" offers a bleak vision of America's rural economic woes before flattening out into a routine thriller about good men doing bad things.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The picture is earnest to a fault, coming off like an exploration of how "the little people" live, so carefully written that it veritably trumpets how remote it is from the grittiness of its subject matter.
Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
"Out of the Furnace" gets under your skin. Bale's commitment etches a raw portrait of stagnation and sadness. Affleck is heartbreakingly feral, and Dafoe, Harrelson and Whitaker provide solid support.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Mr. Bale, ever the brilliantly inward performer, makes Russell sympathetic with small strokes.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Grimy and unapologetically melodramatic, Furnace pounds out a steady beat of pulp, violence and possible redemption among folks who have seen better days.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The movie has an undeniable, dour force, but it's basically conventional macho filmmaking, and it's extremely violent.
David Denby - New Yorker
"Out of the Furnace" is a lot of movie, a lot of it good and pungent.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The macho drama is nicely drawn for most of the movie, with a genuine sense of hard times in millennial America, though Cooper lets it drift into the sort of revenge plot that propels innumerable action movies.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Although Out of the Furnace takes place just a few years back in this new millennium, Scott Cooper's solemn, blood-soaked drama about brothers and broken dreams feels like it's of some different, ancient time.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's grim, solid suspense craftsmanship, nothing more.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Yes it has a fine cast, and all do good work. But this overly obvious film about the downward spiral lives of lower-class brothers barely scraping by in life goes through mostly expected motions.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"Out of the Furnace" begins to resemble one of those pedestrian revenge thrillers with really good acting.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to The Deer Hunter.
Scott Foundas - Variety
Much longer on style and belligerence than actual substance.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Good actors really earn their pay when they have to negotiate bad scripts.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A dull, seen-it-a-million-times story of small time hoods getting in too deep with maniac baddies.
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
If the downbeat plot is depressingly familiar, it's partly salvaged by the quality of the performances.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A solid, well-acted tale about how the bad steps in when jobs fall away in the Rust Belt.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
''Out of the Furnace'' is an earnestly crafted, passionately acted working-class drama rusted over by its noble intentions of steel-town sympathizing.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
What gives the movie its heat is the acting. [Casey] Affleck, his eyes pools of pain, is outstanding. His scenes with [Christian] Bale, all coiled intensity ready to spring, are electric.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
One of the best movies I've seen this year.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"Out of the Furnace" is rich in talent used wisely. Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard help to create a sinewy portrait of a dying way of life.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
A humorless, ponderously solemn dirge that chokes on its own oppressive aura of self-importance.
Sean Burns - EntertainmentTell
The grittiness of the tone... will bring to mind films ranging from The Fighter to The Deer Hunter, but it's that lack of cinematic gloss that makes the film come to life.
Billy Tatum - Bullz-Eye.com
Looking totally unlike his fattened persona in American Hustle, the unrestrained Bale offers explosive unpredictability fuelled by family loyalties.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Beautifully shot in and around the depressed town of Braddock, Pa. Out of the Furnace is generally well acted by a top-notch cast, but a bit weak on the storytelling side.
Set in a place where the American Dream has been dead for so long that no one even thinks to question its loss, the picture features terrific performances from its game cast.
Casey Affleck proves to be one of the most talented actors working today, bringing such raw rage to his broken soldier.
Almost as if attempting to recreate the setting of a Bruce Springsteen song ... it's wonderful to look at if not necessarily to watch.
Glenn Dunks - Quickflix
This tragic revenge drama about a pair of blue-collar brothers battered by fate in a dying rust-belt town is almost unrelentingly grim, but the cast's powerhouse performances keep you watching, as does the film's vividly atmospheric sense of place.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A working-class morality play that's unrelenting, bleak and full of indelible acting performances.
Seems bound to the conventions of crime and revenge tales to the point where everything in it works toward those conventions without much regard to thematic cohesion.
Manly words spoken by manly men: that's one of the dry pleasures of the sturdy burnt-case male melodrama "Out of the Furnace."
Intense acting doesn't save Furnce from the fires
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances!
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Solid, dark, tough-as-nails working-class drama about violence, desperation and Woody Harrelson's unparalleled ability to play an inbred hick.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
This is tough, unrelenting and uncompromising stuff, conjuring a doomed atmosphere with honourable parallels to the 1978 classic The Deer Hunter.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Out of the Furnace feels like America regressing into the wilds of the frontier.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Out Of The Furnace is an all too rarely seen type of film: a big-feeling drama that proves that ambition doesn't have to be solely connected to the size of a film's budget and the number of special effects shots that it has.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
A great and bleak look at the often limited paths to redemption for individuals in the lower class...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Christian Bale still makes this rather run-of-the-mill proposition appealing, regardless of how oddly unfashionable he may currently be.
Ed Gibbs - Sydney Morning Herald
The varied performances yield much kindling for warming the heart, especially the scenes between the two brothers.
- Film Comment Magazine
Out of the Furnace trundles along with no apparent purpose and at several key points makes no sense.
An incursion of downplayed macho movie cliches.
With little in the way of originality, and much that is mockably macho, Out of the Furnace requires a fair amount of heavy lifting from the cast to elevate it from well-worn mundanity.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
See it for Bale ... who doesn't just play his part, he seems to live it.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
It never sings. The script is clunky, its outcome peculiarly futile.
David Sexton - This is London
An earnest, honest effort, but ultimately a torpid affair whose waste of a brilliant cast is arguably more of a serious criminal act than any of the skulduggery depicted in the film.
Ashley Clark - Film4
Coarse and not exactly subtle, this dark drama might disappoint viewers expecting a more traditional revenge thriller, but there's something more interesting going on here.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
The film's brand of Americana is pretty, but very Hollywood: hard scrabble but not hard won.
Tara Brady - Irish Times
It beats its chest in half-articulate rage. It may prompt you to go home and surf a home-shopping channel, or scour your DVD shelf for something long-forgotten starring Meg Ryan.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Scott Cooper's intense, downbeat thriller is superbly acted and strongly atmospheric, but the pacing frequently drags and the script feels predictable and over-familiar.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Despite the poignancy and grim-faced humour of this modern-day Western, it's worth your time for the cast alone.
Lewis Bazley - Sky Movies
It falls so adorably short of its ambition to be The Deer Hunter that you almost want to cuddle it.
Ryan Gilbey - New Statesman
It's a picture with weight - perhaps more weight than bite.
A strong first half gives way to genre predictability.
Matthew Thrift - Little White Lies
It's atmospheric but under-plotted and has little to say beyond the obvious.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Macho ado about nothing.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Aims for Bruce Springsteen with its blue-collar big themes and stadium-rock emotion but ends up as a bandana-wearing cliche.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
It's always watchable but the mix of pulpy drama and gritty realism never quite fit together.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
All in all, about as gratifying as two hours with some of Bruce Springsteen's worst albums.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Worth seeing, but a near-miss.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Christian Bale's earnest, emotional turn sustains a thriller that throws a few mean jabs but staggers towards a punch-drunk resolution.
Emma Dibdin - Total Film
The story (unevenly structured) doesn't pick up pace until halfway through giving the actors lots of time to dwell on their daily grind, which is fun for them - not so much for the rest of us.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
It's the sort of drab thriller you'll probably walk out of.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Affleck, Dafoe and Harrelson all do their very best to whip up a storm, but Cooper is guilty of wasting A-list talent on a B-movie revenge scenario.
Eddie Harrison - The List
Out of the Furnace feels like a screenplay, so none of it is ever authentic. Perhaps it looked better on paper, but that's certainly where its problems lie.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Take a group of talented actors, add an unbelievable script and a sophomore director and what do you get?
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Good acting but the movie sinks under a leaden script. Lots of violence for the sake of violence.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A one-note sonata of grief.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Out of the Furnace would not be out of place if sent back in time to the 1970s, a decade when dramas were a dominant genre appreciated by audiences.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Like Lena and Rodney, like Harlan's girlfriend and Lena's well-meaning new boyfriend, a cop who means to keep order but can't possibly, the deer signifies Russell's possibilities receding.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Bale and Harrelson Formidable Duo in "Furnace"
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
As somber as it should be, featuring great work from Bale, Harrelson and Affleck.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
When the screen went to black I was left with a confounding sense of apathy. It was obvious that the film was made with a great deal of passion and forethought, so where did it fall short?
- Paste Magazine
Beneath the macho posturing on the surface and the inevitable bleakness and tragedy just beneath it, the smaller moments make the film worthwhile.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wish you'd watched The Deer Hunter.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
This is a movie that might have been a great drama at four hours with a more ambitious script and a director with a vision or something to say.
More Jean-Claude Van Damme than Woody Guthrie or John Steinbeck. And not very good Van Damme at that.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...has a real feel for loss.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
'Out of the Furnace' plays around a lot with themes of revenge and redemption and really wants to get to the heart of some profound truth, but it mostly just winds up spinning its tires.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
It's ultimately clear that Out of the Furnace fares best in its engrossing first half...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Bale's commitment to his role's wrenching emotional gamut is as intense as the character's hunger for vengeance.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The performances are tremendous in "Out of the Furnace", yet the film never is quite able to get out from under a dark cloud of depression.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
"Out of the Furnace" is not an optimistic film, far from it. It is, though, a well-written and well-acted tome that pulls no punches.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Little exceptional in this re-hash of genre cliches.
A down-and-dirty revenge picture whose classy cast elevates it above its gritty, grimy trappings.
Lacks the gravitas to carry off its greater ambitions.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
... cried out to be a tough, stripped-down exploitation number on the order of such B classics as 'First Blood' and 'Rolling Thunder.' Unfortunately, Cooper had something more ambitious in mind.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Out of the Furnace feels like a companion piece to Killing Them Softly in the way it's paced and its tone. But unlike Killing Them Softly, this thriller is never able to fully capitalize on its threatening ambiance.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Dark, tedious and dour, it's a melancholy, depressing dirge centered on the contemporary decay and decline of the American Dream.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
a nice alternative to the more explosive and flashy effects-driven films
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This is macho storytelling, the kind of movie that thinks it's saying something about men who punch, drink, and hunt but lacks the realism to give its alpha-male story any weight.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
...unremittingly dark and depressing but some fine performances by Dafoe, Affleck, and Harrelson, who gives a performance rivaling Richard Widmark's sociopathic killer Tommy Udo in 'Kiss of Death.'
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Unflinchingly brutal and strikingly pointless.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
'Out of the Furnace' has the appropriately gritty look and feel of corrosion in a Rust Belt town, but not quite enough polish to make it sparkle or even just stand apart from its predecessors. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
As he did with Crazy Heart, Cooper populates his even bleaker Out of the Furnace with a talented cast that helps elevate his portrait of gravel-road America.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Scott Cooper musters zero surprises in a script that takes too long establishing a tired premise and plays it out in grimy, dull fashion.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Instead of looking for more, you should be looking for less.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
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.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
He feels for his subject matter, no doubt, but every once in a while it feels like he falls short on imagination and takes a short cut to move his story forward.
Matt Kelemen - AspectRatio.us
In not providing enough action but not providing enough character to warrant this cast, it engages for a while but may leave you wondering why they bothered.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Out of the Furnace jumps out of the furnace but missed the fire.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Out of the Furnace is definitely one of those mood movies where style trumps substance - albeit a well-acted one.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
A movie that sets out to be the antidote to glossy revenge pictures, but becomes that very thing.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Amidst its bleak worldview and unforgiving plot details is a unique and understated portrait of vengeance and redemption, albeit not quite in that order.
Todd Gilchrist - GeekNation
Excruciatingly dull. There are so many movies just like Out of the Furnace, and a lot of them are so much better.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Solid performances from Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, and Willem Dafoe do save this gritty drama from being completely unworthy of viewing.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Bale hunts deer, Affleck joins 'Fight Club,' Harrelson devours scenery.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It never works any realistic magic -- despite the rusty cars and Willem Dafoe's polyester suits -- but Out of the Furnace is still hugely entertaining thanks to the cast.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
This material...isn't deceptively simple. It's just simple.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Out of the Furnace is a masterfully crafted tale of people and a place pushed to the edge where their only hope seems to be an abyss of despair.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
We're supposed to take this more seriously because it takes itself more seriously.
Outstanding performances from Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck in this brutal, violent film.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Bale carries the film with an easy, watchable intensity. If that seems like a contradiction, keep in mind that few movie stars can execute such nuance.
John Serba - MLive.com
This supposed slice of life is so half-baked it's poisonous.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Director and co-writer Scott Cooper never finds a way to transform his working-class parable into a meaningful story in "Out of the Furnace."
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
The film plays like a meandering art-house piece until the seen-it-a-million-times finale, which offers up the kind of primal justice that those yahoos in the audience who haven't already fallen asleep will likely appreciate.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
A surprisingly unwatered-down signature flavor, mixing motor oil, gunpowder, sweat, pig iron, dollar bills, denim, skunky beer, blood and dirty socks.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A sloppy, derivative "downtrodden" piece about broken down soldiers and shuttered factories that's basically "Bad Springsteen Song: The Movie."
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
A film...at war with itself...the trappings of serious commentary on contemporary socio-economic issues simply do not sit happily on a narrative arc reminiscent of seventies exploitation fare.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Its rote characters invite none of our empathy or concern in a plot unencumbered by depth or surprises.
A potboiler with three incredible performances by Bale, Affleck and Harrelson, "Out of the Furnace" is a film with many superb parts that falls slightly short of making a cohesive whole.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
Out Of The Furnace is a defiantly old-fashioned, well-crafted piece of storytelling whose power lies in its unadorned simplicity.
Nathan Rabin - The Dissolve
If you can get past one major misstep, it's an absorbing, credible melodrama.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The performances aren't enough to make this a must-see as the script leaves them hanging too often and may leave you steaming with disappointment.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Might feel too abrasive for some, but for those who enjoy their tales of revenge served cold, garnished with the death of the American Dream, Out of the Furnace is satisfyingly bleak and compellingly irritable.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Standing next to something like 2013's similar but radically more complex and thematically loaded "Prisoners," "Out of the Furnace" is an unambitious exploitation flick that just so happens to have A-list actors and production values.
Out Of The Furnace turns out to be a predictable, very ordinary retribution story, propped up by slumming A-listers and a gritty veneer of Rust Belt desperation.
A.A. Dowd - AV Club
"Out of the Furnace" is a film in desperate need of a jump start.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Cooper seems to want to make a profound statement about the hollowness of revenge or the struggles of the working class, but the movie has only the illusion of depth.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It'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.
As in "Crazy Heart," Cooper has created some great roles, which are nicely inhabited by this cast. But, as in his previous film, the movie feels somewhat floppy and meandering.
Anders Wright - San Diego Union-Tribune
Out of the Furnace is a boozy, searing portrait of disenfranchised people trying - and not always succeeding - to eke out an existence. But the movie celebrates their struggle and makes you share their scalding pain, like molten steel on bare flesh.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This is fire-breathing melodrama masquerading as social commentary.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A long, grim exercise in garden-variety pointlessness, disguised as nihilism.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Clearly, Russell and Harlan are going to collide at some point. But before that happens, the script (co-written by Cooper and Brad Ingelsby) meanders mightily.
Chris Knight - National Post
You know where it's going, but the actors make the trip worth taking.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A somewhat formulaic Rust Belt noir, but Bale delivers a visceral, go-for-broke performance as a man who puts family above the law.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
It collapses under the combined weight of pretentiousness and condescension. This is Hollywood's idea of a searing drama about life in recession-era heartland.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
[An] unusually deliberate but otherwise predictable drama.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
It has everything a viewer would expect when Hollywood goes blue-collar...But Furnace is saved by a couple of surprises and mostly by the performances from its big-ticket cast.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
A drama in which we watch a good man crumble and descend into darkness.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
"Out of the Furnace" plays like a less-commercial version of Patrick Swayze's "Next of Kin." The characters are deeper without being complex. In the end, it's just another blood feud.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Sometimes a bunch of pros putting on a tough show just does the trick.
Matt Pais - RedEye
The movie ends up lacking urgency despite its pregnant pauses and punchy plot twists.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Ultimately, there just isn't enough of a story to support all that talent on screen.
Tony Hicks - San Jose Mercury News
A beautiful corpse of a film, Out of the Furnace is brilliantly led by Bale, but coldly executed to the point of lifelessness.
Sam Woolf - We Got This Covered
The cast got lost on their way to a Cormac McCarthy adaptation and accidentally wound up in a straight-to-video Steven Seagal movie instead.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
While the movie's sure got a lot of good moments, I'm not sure they add up to a good movie.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
While some of the performances--Bale's, Dafoe's and Harrelson's for instance--are interesting, they are not enough to elevate this stagnant story.
It actually has much in common with a film by one of its producers, Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor,' which out-bleaked even the other films based on the work of Cormac McCarthy.
Matt Prigge - Metro
Out of the Furnace goes beyond the edge of poetic despair into stridency.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
For long stretches it just doesn't seem to have any idea what, exactly, it wants to say, or be.
Matt Zoller Seitz - RogerEbert.com
Bale is nuanced & affecting in an overloaded, overcalculated film that doesn't deserve him. The characters' problems seem orchestrated by Screenwriting 101 rather than fate.
Caryn James - James on screenS
All gritty milieu and somber mood and muddled, under-motivated characters.
a film that brings a gun to a knife fight and still almost loses.
Chris Barsanti - Film Racket
One of the best movies of the year. Casey Affleck is Oscar worthy.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Out of the Furnace" is a straightforward revenge thriller with plenty of atmosphere, character development, and plot twists to make the experience matter.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
The tone of "Out of the Furnace" is bleak and pitiless, a reflection of the just-getting-by lives of its characters.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
Cooper props up the proceedings with detours and details of life and the locale, stopping to smell the blood, sweat and soot of the rust-belt while frequently tipping over into hopeless misery porn.
Radheyan Simonpillai - Grolsch Film Works
A strong cast and some prominent producers will grab critical attention, but this is basically a genre picture with ambitions -- and one that doesn't deliver all that it promises.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
A gritty revenge thriller unfolding against the telling backdrop of a decaying American landscape.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Woody Harrelson has come a long way from his role as the naive bartender in TV's "Cheers" to being the baddest bad guy you'll see in the movies this year.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Noxious atmosphere of dark destinies.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The whole thing is designed with a chipped paint and scraggly facial hair aesthetic.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Although Out Of The Furnace is done utterly by the book, it also works by the book, delivering a tough, cathartic story straight, no chaser.
Lee Marshall - Screen International
Bale and Affleck have an easy relationship and chemistry that makes them seem like real brothers, with Bale yet again proving he is the master at conveying a monologue's worth of emotion in a single brooding look.
Allison Loring - Film School Rejects
Out of the Furnace is one of the year's best-acted and gutsiest films, gutsy because it dares to stick to its figurative guns until the bitter end.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
What [Bale is] doing in Out of the Furnace is the essence of performance. It is bare. It is haunted. It is real
Kristopher Tapley - HitFix
Writer/director Scott Cooper handles a lot of familiar elements in ways that don't go exactly where you'd expect based on every other movie, so I respect that.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Loyalty and consequence collide in the "Crazy Heart" director's sophomore feature...but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core...
Charlie Schmidlin - The Playlist
Yes, the working class is bearing the brunt of an inequitable economic system, and yes, the treatment of our returning soldiers from the last decade of war has been disgraceful, but the film has nothing of substance say about any of this.