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Peter Rainer’s “Out of the Furnace” Is a Critical Failure

In response to Peter Rainer’s 310‑word review of Out of the Furnace on Christian Science Monitor 

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2013/1204/Out-of-the-Furnace-tries-to-speak-to-our-times-but-falls-short

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Peter Rainer’s “Out of the furnace” is a  showcase of preconceived notions run amok in the least flattering way possible.

Rainer seems to be quite annoyed with the film, and from the get go the writer seems to have a bone to pick with the director. Perhaps the movie hit a little to close to home and now the writer has a chance to return the perceived vitriol that the film supposedly was showcasing.  Rainer warbles haplessly around calling the film bad, and there is a noticeable sense that he want to truly disparage the film, but he just can’t seem to do it.  

All of that hot air has to go somewhere so  he subjects readers  to pseudo-critical lines like this “This is fire-breathing melodrama masquerading as social commentary.” The reason this line doesn’t work is that the critic assumes that, A). these properties are mutually exclusive and B). that “fire breathing melodrama” is an insult. Bravo that half hearted attempt at humor was essentially a compliment as most of Shakespeares work would be considered melodrama and we all know what everybody thinks of old Bill.

Either a glorious mistake or the writer ran out of steam, but there were surprisingly no spoilers. Rainer really reigned those insidious bunch of review destroyer(and yet the writing is still awful).

Rainer’ really let his emotions get the best of him here and in doing so his hand was revealed far before he played it. The first line gives the rest of the review away, and  what follows reads like a kid that been picked on for far too long. Rainer’s  ” Out of The Furnace “should cool off a bit.    

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