Blood Ties Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
May 23, 2014
If you want a good film that covers similar ground, just revisit Gray's We Own the Night instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Abhimanyu Das
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2014
Jame Gray and the ghost of Sidney Lumet are just along for the ride, adding a grimy layer of old-school New York scuzz to a film that's too overstuffed, fractured, and redolent with cliché to every compellingly hang together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Patches
IGN Movies
March 26, 2014
Visually a throwback to the era of Sidney Lumet's NYC crime dramas of the 1970s, the slow-moving Blood Ties features fine performances from Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, but wastes Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, and Mila Kunis.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
March 27, 2014
Seems to be the continuation of a narrative that only exists in its characters' heads.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
August 11, 2014
Canet's sprawling saga is overlong and overfamiliar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 17, 2014
Over the top and over-familiar criminals and cops thriller. And it's a period piece...why, exactly?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
May 20, 2013
Blood Ties is too sprawling, its fractured narrative cut far too many ways for the film to succeed.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 13, 2014
If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 20, 2014
Fine actors are let down by a comatose script and wayward direction in this retro crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2013
This overlong and anemic drama features an impressive cast but is too inert to catch on with critics or audiences.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 20, 2014
It all feels so familiar, from the beleaguered female characters, to the scene-setting anthems ("New York Groove" is well-used, admittedly), to the predictable eruptions of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Allan Hunter
The List
August 11, 2014
There are scenes, moments and performances that all burn brightly but the sprawling Blood Ties never quite lets rip, or manages to connect up all these promising dots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 21, 2014
Some excellent performances - by Clive Owen and Billy Crudup - can't disguise the fact that there's absolutely nothing here we haven't seen too many times before.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 9, 2014
feels like an over-adapted novel
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 20, 2014
[A] his laborious, tonally wobbly attempt at an American crime epic.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 21, 2014
The performers carry on - Owen is particularly good - but this bird doesn't fly.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 21, 2014
I share Canet's affection for Sidney Lumet films full of scraggly sideburns and big brown Fleetwoods the size of the QE2. But if you really appreciated those movies, you'd use your memories of them to jumpstart something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2014
An ambitious, if disappointing, period crime drama featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as warring brothers on opposite sides of the law.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
March 20, 2014
Blood Ties comes off as a weird, misshapen version of a '70s-style thriller-almost as if it's lacking contemporary examples to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 20, 2013
A sluggish, dramatically undernourished saga.
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