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Blood (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 20

While well-acted and skillfully directed, Blood never quite manages to draw its themes and characters into a coherent, compelling whole.

38

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

While well-acted and skillfully directed, Blood never quite manages to draw its themes and characters into a coherent, compelling whole.

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The Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who have lived under the shadow of their police chief father (Brian Cox) - a man known for doing whatever it takes to get a confession. When the brothers take an interrogation too far, they raise the suspicions of their colleague (Mark Strong) and suddenly find themselves having to cover up their own crimes.

Unrated,

Mystery & Suspense

Bill Gallagher

Sep 10, 2013

Image Entertainment

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The landscape cinematography is often eye-pleasing, but the script is labored, filled with clichés and never allows for character development.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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"Blood" may not be wholly original, but it is effective.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Suffers from a crippling lack of back story and characters whose relationships are fraught with unexplained complexity.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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"Blood" unfolds along familiar lines, but it works.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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While hardly reinventing the wheel, "Blood" works best as a tone poem, with unspoken passages detailing a hard life.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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"Blood" feels perfunctory, needing something besides fussy plotting to jolt it to life.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This bleak thriller about morality and guilt suffers from a muddled plot that lacks context for the troubled behavior of its characters.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Straightforward old school mental anguish combined with all the moodiness the Irish Sea can muster, a thoroughly professional crime thriller from start to finish.

August 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

At times, "Blood," feels like a slightly-filled-out television police procedural with better cinematography, but the performances have an almost Shakespearean grandeur.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Paul Bettany turns in a stellar performance as a modern day Raskolnikov in this gritty psychological drama about the downfall of a British police family.

August 11, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

While the performances are strong, especially from Graham and Strong, this cop drama is saddled with derivative plot points that maybe it would have been best if the writer added more complexity to avoid predictability.

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

Despite excellent performances throughout, Blood's forced plot and incomplete story causes it to fall far short of its potential.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Bettany excels at portraying internal conflict in a movie that proves even well-acted suffering can reach a point of diminishing returns.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Blood is just good enough to make me wish it was better. While occasionally effective, it is ultimately hindered by some incomplete storytelling.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A tight, raincoats-flapping-in-the-wind crime drama ...

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Themes of family ties, obsession, and morality, so dramatically realized in Conviction, are gracelessly and shapelessly strewn together here.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There's powerful work here to savor while the story searches for ways to define its direction, keeping Blood convincing when it should rightfully fall apart.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Not an unreserved success, then, but a smart, well-acted and well-directed picture that adds up to a little more than the sum of its parts.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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