Out of the Furnace Reviews

  • 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

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