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Based on 15 Reviews
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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. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 80
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

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

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

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

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Excellent performances by a good cast and a fairly authentic look at working-class struggles go only so far. show more

  • 60
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    The movie's strength is in the performances. And they're enough to make Steel City worth a look. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    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. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    A quietly, somberly effective American indie drama. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    It has vivid characters, a strong sense of place, and a free-floating hopelessness that never precludes the possibility of meaningful action. show more

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