83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Steel City could have used more rhythmic drive, but if Jun keeps weaving together characters this compelling, he could be a major film artist in the making.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
The only misstep Jun makes, and it's hard to fault him given the budget, is the mediocre and at times heavy-handed use of music. Still, it's an unqualified success from the heartland.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Steel City makes a valiant attempt to add some new tweaks to the genre best described as life-sucks-growing-up-in-a-mill-town.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Steel City may be the only movie released this year that's so observant you can hear what the characters AREN'T saying.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the most hopeful movies I've seen recently--not just for its humane, realistic story line, but in its very being.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
A quietly, somberly effective American indie drama.
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70

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
It has vivid characters, a strong sense of place, and a free-floating hopelessness that never precludes the possibility of meaningful action.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A shaky but promising debut, Brian Jun's downbeat family drama is likely to make you feel a whole lot better about your own life.
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60

Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
The movie's strength is in the performances. And they're enough to make Steel City worth a look.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Excellent performances by a good cast and a fairly authentic look at working-class struggles go only so far.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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