• Released
  • December 4, 2013
  • (12/4 Limited, 12/6 Wide)
  • R , 1 hr 56 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Bale has given a number of memorable performances, but this just might be his best work to date.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
It's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.
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90

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Cooper seems to make actors feel safe and willing to expose themselves in ways they ordinarily might not, and time and again he takes scenes to places of unexpected emotional power.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Like “The Deer Hunter” — from which it swipes its Keystone State milieu, its haunted veterans, and its self-endangerment metaphor — Out of the Furnace gets under your skin.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
In the meaty bad guy role, Harrelson entertainingly goes all the way, putting him way out there on the ledge with any of your favorite loonies, psychos and unhinged nutjobs.
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75

The Playlist

By Charlie Schmidlin
The film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.
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75

Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bale's is a pitch-perfect, understated performance in this involving neo-noir thriller.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Scott Cooper, who directed and co-wrote Out of the Furnace, empathizes with people who feel their lives have hit a dead end (his previous film, "Crazy Heart," earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar as a washed-up country singer who had given up on himself). These are difficult characters to dramatize.
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60

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
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.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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