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Out of the Furnace

HD   R Closed Captioning

Scott Cooper

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About the Movie

From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. The impressive cast of Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are rounded out by Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 184
  • Fresh: 98
  • Rotten: 86
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The movie has an undeniable, dour force, but it's basically conventional macho filmmaking, and it's extremely violent. – David Denby, New Yorker, Dec 9, 2013

Fresh: Good actors really earn their pay when they have to negotiate bad scripts. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Dec 8, 2013

Fresh: One of the best movies I've seen this year. – Richard Roeper, Richard, Dec 6, 2013

Rotten: 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, Jun 30, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Very real and good.

Good movie with lots of great actors. My reason for reviewing is not so much to Encourage others to watch this film, but to warn them off Rotten Tomatoes. This review process can be kind of tricky.There are 168 rviews on this and who is to say they are not friends of relatives of people who can profit from the sale or rental of a flick here. that is why i alway put my faith in RT... until recently. this movie deserves more. I watched Hunger Games 2 and it put me to sleep the whole way, yet it somehow got an 89 from RT.American Hustle got 93 and I refuse to watch it. I can understand giving a high score to an artsy fartsy movie that puts me to sleep or a docudrama that is suppose to expose something wrong being done somewhere else in the world, but this kid watches a film for one reason and one reason only. To be entertained. This kept me entertained because it had plenty of character development and evry scene in the filmm had a reason. It either gave you insight to the characters or it gave you a situation that would simmer until a future date. Ay no time was I bored. Goodbye RT you have fooled me for the last time.

Pretty Good

Pretty good movie. There are a few lulls between any real action or important parts. As far as other review saying it's "extremely violent," it isn't. Not in my opinion. Yes the fight scenes are really accurate to the fighting I've experienced, but nothing beyond what you see in most R-rated action movies.
Anyways, worth a watch. My opinion, rent. Don't buy.

Out of the Furnace

My expectations for this film were not high based on articles I had read about it. Having seen it, it was sold short by the critics. Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson were excellent. Casey Affleck was believable as the returning war veteran unable to find a job to suit him. To me, Forest Whitaker seemed miscast as the investigating officer. Zoe Saldana gave a decent performance as the ex-girlfriend. If I could award 4 & a half stars I would. Not quite a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 film. Enjoyed it.