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Blood Ties Reviews

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Dustin Putman

A familiar crime yarn of strained familial bonds, but it manages to find an emotional truth and urgency in between the editorial streamlining of its various story threads.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2014
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

more of a slow-burn familial drama, although its plot, which revolves around two brothers living on opposite sides of the law, presents plenty of opportunity for gunshots and squealing tires.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2014
Brian Orndorf

Reaches for an epic sweep of criminal desires and tortured decisions, and while it doesn't quite achieve everything it sets out to do, the basics are handled with care by Canet, who has a clear affinity for the actors and the era.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

March 27, 2014
Witney Seibold

Blood Ties, a long-reaching crime epic, possesses all the earmarks of a mellowed-out Scorsese, complete with its bracing, grimy aesthetic, slowed down pace, gentle meting of information, and occasional explosions of extreme violence.

Full Review Source: Nerdist | Original Score: 4/5

March 22, 2014
Glenn Kenny

If you're an ardent admirer of pretty much anyone in the cast (OK, except Emmerich), you'll find something worthwhile here.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2014
Matt Prigge

This is a deeply flawed, easy-to-write-off movie. But one day in the future it might even be viewed as very good.

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2014
John Anderson
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Intriguing performances, and a sense of '70s American cinema that seems to have been preserved in a lava lamp.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2014
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

Canet fills the screen with wonderful performances by a terrific cast and keeps the pace and tension on a high level compensating for the over 2 hour length, shocking violence, and dark and depressing story.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 8/10

March 20, 2014
Jordan Hoffman
The Dissolve

There's a lot of sizzle with this steak, but it can't hide the fact that this particular hunk of meat has been chewed a hundred times before.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.0/5

March 20, 2014
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine

The film exhibits strong character interplay and resides in an unconventional milieu, in effect turning rote material into something that feels decidedly eccentric.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2014
Marc Mohan

"Blood Ties" not only convincingly recreates its era, it seems like it could have been made then.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

March 19, 2014
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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There's a heft to the proceedings that keeps us invested even when the story's various strands start to unravel.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 1, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

There's ultimately no denying that Blood Ties, despite Canet's epic, Scorsese-like sensibilities, just isn't as affecting (or effective) as one might've hoped...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2013
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A great, exceedingly well-cast, throwback to seventies cinema. Clive Owen's best part since CHILDREN OF MEN.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

September 6, 2013
Shaun Munro
Film School Rejects

The busload-full of skilled actors Canet has brought with him damn-near ensures a compelling sit, even if the film's ponderous pacing and resulting length do detract somewhat from its finer qualities.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

May 21, 2013
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

Blood Ties is a curious film where if you were to remove any of the crucial parts, it would splinter, yet put all together, it kind of works, in its own wildly uneven way.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

May 20, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Blood Ties, in the guise of a crime thriller, creates a panorama of broken lives trying to put themselves back together.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 20, 2013
Xan Brooks

I'm not convinced that this hoary, hackneyed old cop-opera is entirely to be trusted ... although it is served with such relish that the fun proves infectious.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

feels like an over-adapted novel

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

July 9, 2014
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

If you want a good film that covers similar ground, just revisit Gray's We Own the Night instead.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C-

May 23, 2014
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