Blood Ties is too sprawling, its fractured narrative cut far too many ways for the film to succeed.
This overlong and anemic drama features an impressive cast but is too inert to catch on with critics or audiences.
A sluggish, dramatically undernourished saga.
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.
| Original Score: C
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...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Blood Ties, in the guise of a crime thriller, creates a panorama of broken lives trying to put themselves back together.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A great, exceedingly well-cast, throwback to seventies cinema. Clive Owen's best part since CHILDREN OF MEN.
| Original Score: 8/10