Out of the Furnace

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
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  1. Reviewed by: Emma Dibdin
    Jan 29, 2014
    60
    Christian Bale’s earnest, emotional turn sustains a thriller that throws a few mean jabs but staggers towards a punch-drunk resolution.
  2. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jan 27, 2014
    60
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 3, 2013
    60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 3, 2013
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 5, 2013
    58
    This is fire-breathing melodrama masquerading as social commentary.
  7. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Dec 4, 2013
    58
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 6, 2013
    55
    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.
  9. 50
    We’re supposed to take this more seriously because it takes itself more seriously.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    Devolves from an electrifying character study into a disappointing tale of trackdown and revenge.
  12. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    Out of the Furnace is hot air.
  14. 50
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 3, 2013
    50
    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.
  16. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 3, 2013
    50
    Out of the Furnace is much longer on style and belligerence than actual substance.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. Dec 5, 2013
    8
    A solid film with brilliant performances. Bale disappears into his role as usual and has a heartbreaking scene with Zoe Saldana. Affleck isA solid film with brilliant performances. Bale disappears into his role as usual and has a heartbreaking scene with Zoe Saldana. Affleck is haunting as a damaged veteran, and Harrelson is great at playing unhinged characters. Cooper seems to lose control of the pace of the film in favor of atmospherics, which are affecting if a bit on the nose and overused. I would love to know if there were debates between Cooper, Ingelsby and the cast over the ending of the film which could have gone many different ways. Definitely worth your time for the performances alone. Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    One of the best movies I've seen all year. Surprised by the relatively low critic score but a definite must watch. Very gritty film and wellOne of the best movies I've seen all year. Surprised by the relatively low critic score but a definite must watch. Very gritty film and well shot. Great cast of characters with very strong performances. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2013
    9
    Christian Bale delivers a subtle, nuanced performance in this highly enjoyable film. The setting is essentially a principal cast member it'sChristian Bale delivers a subtle, nuanced performance in this highly enjoyable film. The setting is essentially a principal cast member it's Deer Hunter country: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Southern Jersey. Much like Winter's Bone, the director effectively establishes the extra-legal power structure in these mountain towns. Tradition rules of law and order do not apply. The harsh reality of steel mill careers, military life, and prison stints underline a very traditional story of desperation, justice, and revenge. The trailer suggests much more action and excitement than the film actually delivers, but I very much enjoyed this film for its emotionally resonant, quiet sequences featuring a stellar cast. Full Review »