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

Bonded By Blood Reviews

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David Hughes
Empire Magazine
September 1, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 8, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 9, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
September 9, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jack Thursby
Film4
September 9, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 4, 2010

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 | Original Score: 1/5
Charles Gant
Variety
Top Critic
September 3, 2010

Willfully exploitative...

Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 2, 2010

A pungent mess of gangster cliche.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 2, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
September 2, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
September 1, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
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