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Peter Travers Retains His Position at the Top With “Out of the Furnace”

In response to Peter Travers’s 362‑word review of Out of the Furnace on Rolling Stone

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Peter Travers’s “Out of the Furnace” is a triumph from one of the giants in the business. No one is better than him at producing lean and mean prose that jumps from the page, and this piece is a welcome addition to his impressive body of work.

Right from the beginning, the audience knows where this critic stands about the film’s director and the way he works with actors. This is followed by a neat, tight plot synopsis that does not feel like something you have to trudge through to get to the meat. This is part of the meat. Travers is one of the rare reviewers able to give what you need to know about the plot without giving  too much while offering insightful film critique along the way.

His comparison of atmosphere to what is considered by many to be a great American film does not feel forced, but only adds to the discussion. Nor does his analysis of the actors’ work in the film seem hyperbolic.  His style here is free and easy.

Out of the Furnace wraps things up with an ending that hits hard.  The prose here is impassioned, but never feels overdone.

Travers has created another masterwork. By all means, drop what you’re doing and read Out of the Furnace. Now.    

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