Blood Ties Reviews

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Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
August 29, 2014
Everything is in place to have created a truly sensational piece of cinema, and yet you can't help feeling somewhat cold towards this film, despite the memorable, impactful finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 21, 2014
While the story centres on twisted moral dilemmas, this 1970s-set thriller takes such a hesitant, internalised approach that if never lets viewers under the characters' skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 16, 2014
The film is too sprawling and unfocused to deliver real emotional clout, but there are are some gripping stand-offs along the way.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
August 15, 2014
In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 15, 2014
It starts out feeling like too many stars in search of a story, but Owen excels as a charismatic brute, and the tautly handled set pieces drag you back in for a solid payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Carty
Radio Times
August 15, 2014
As much a family drama as a crime thriller, Blood Ties is character-driven, so sparing in terms of action, although the regular eruptions of violence pack a genuine punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 14, 2014
Blood Ties is the kind of film that Martin Scorsese or Sidney Lumet might have made back in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 14, 2014
Not quite an unimaginative crime film, not quite something better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Danny Leigh
Financial Times
August 14, 2014
Blood Ties has a heart of plastic. Yet there's a sturdiness to the script, and the performances are real enough to crackle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
August 11, 2014
Wade through all the flares and flare-ups and you'll be rewarded: the ending is absolutely killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
June 23, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 27, 2014
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 | Original Score: B-
Witney Seibold
Nerdist
March 22, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com
March 21, 2014
If you're an ardent admirer of pretty much anyone in the cast (OK, except Emmerich), you'll find something worthwhile here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Prigge
Metro
March 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
March 20, 2014
Intriguing performances, and a sense of '70s American cinema that seems to have been preserved in a lava lamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
March 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Jordan Hoffman
The Dissolve
March 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.0/5
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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