• Unrated, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sacha Bennett
    On DVD:
    Jan 18, 2011
  • Gateway Films

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Bonded By Blood Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Worth watching, but the whole just isn't nearly as effective as some of the parts.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

January 8, 2011
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Based on the same true story previously told on film with skill (2000's Essex Boys) and without (2007's Rise of the Footsoldier), it's kind of difficult to understand why there's yet another movie version. Especially one as uninteresting as this.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2010
Emma Dibdin
Total Film

Everything from script to performances goes through the motions, with only Vincent Regan's Mickey registering in more than one dimension.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2010
Jack Thursby
Film4

Though director Sacha Bennett's effort is well shot and evokes its mid-nineties setting well, its disjointed structure makes for a weak narrative, and only in the third act does it finally come together with any sort of momentum or urgency.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2010
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Uninspired, ridiculously sweary British gangster thriller that's let down by tedious characters, a badly written script and a dull storyline that fails to provide a reason to care.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 1/5

September 4, 2010
Charles Gant
Variety
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Willfully exploitative...

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2010
Xan Brooks
Guardian

A pungent mess of gangster cliche.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

September 2, 2010
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

A thin, wan script, acting that's mostly embarrassing, and a stream of foul expletives where a script should be.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

September 2, 2010
David Aldridge
Radio Times

One must question whether it needs to exist at all, ploughing as it does an already well-worn crime-film furrow.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 2, 2010
David Hughes
Empire Magazine

Decently made and well-acted, but with a whiff of glossy, high-life voyeurism.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2010
Chris Prince
Sky Movies

There's no hiding the fact that Bonded By Blood is ultimately pretty anaemic, giving no further insight into an already over-exposed incident.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2010
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