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Rebecca Murray’s “Furnace” Is Dry, but Effective

In response to Rebecca Murray’s 734‑word review of Out of the Furnace on About.com 

http://movies.about.com/od/out-of-the-furnace/fl/movie-review.htm

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About.com may not be the first place you’d think of when looking for hard hitting film critique, but there it is, and, with Rebecca Murray at the helm, the reviews are generally better than they have any right to be.  

And while “‘Out of the Furnace’ Movie Review” isn’t going to wake A. O. Scott in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, it’s a relatively solid piece of work that does just enough to warrant its existence.

For the most part, the writing is simple and straightforward, with Murray taking a decidedly uncomplicated tone, a choice which is also readily evident in the overly traditional structure she employs. There’s no attempt at crafting self-important, flowery prose that many critics like to wave around to show how cute they are. These are just the bare facts, take them or leave them.

That no nonsense attitude extends to the critique as well. Murray stages her criticisms in her orderly fashion, going point by point with methodical precision.

The presentation is, well, About.com. Which is to say, distractingly busy, full of inconvenient ads, and a general mess to look at.  

If you like your reviews delivered with no frills, this one’s for you.    

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