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Working Man (2020)



Critic Consensus: A too-rare showcase for an ensemble of talented veteran actors, Working Man quietly builds into an absorbing -- and timely -- character study.

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In the Rust Belt of America another factory is closing. After decades on the job, the reclusive Allery Parkes finds himself out of work. Allery attempts to bide his time. However, despite the best efforts of his wife, a loose-ended existence just doesn't take and he starts sneaking into the closed factory. At first, Allery does this alone, but in time he gains an unexpected ally in a passionate former co-worker who turns on the electricity and turns up the volume in Allery's previously secluded cocoon. Soon, other former employees want in on the action. They all take occupancy and restart production in an effort to pressure their bosses to reopen the facility. For the first time, Allery is the man in charge. However, when truths are revealed, this working man must confront the loss and pain he's been working so hard to avoid.

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First-time director Robert Jury's Working Man finds suspense amidst the humdrum, and love among the rubble of a marriage put on hold.

June 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If the writing is sometimes sentimental, the simple familiarity of the visuals strikes an honest note.

May 7, 2020 | Full Review…

You put up with lines such as "Last thing the company needs is some broken-down geriatric getting left behind!" if performers as canny as Gerety, Brown and Shire are there to humanize the characters on screen.

May 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Once the movie shifts gears, it's less about the working man and more about the human. That sounds like a good thing, but the further "Working Man" creeps into emotionally over-calibrated basic cable territory, the less real it feels.

May 7, 2020 | Full Review…

A good movie with a big heart.

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Robert Jury has pieced together a timely, elegiac slice of Rust Belt life and of the good men and women who want nothing more than to work and provide for their families but find themselves on the outside looking in.

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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