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November 23, 2016
Great movie. Quite noir-ish.
September 6, 2016
With a legendary starring cast (Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine) and a mildly interesting supporting cast (Jennifer Lopez, Stephen Dorff) a beautiful setting (sunny Florida) and a classic tale (thieves who need one more score), this movie has plenty of ingredients to cook up something special. While Nicholson & Caine deliver worthy performances, their characters are chaotic and the overall script leads everyone to places that don't make sense leaving the audience confused and with no one for which to cheer. It's surprising and unfortunate to have so many of the right ingredients being combined in a way that somehow ends up being less than the sum of its parts. 7/19/9
June 21, 2015
A slow burn heist thriller
May 23, 2015
Wine merchant Alex Gates seems to have it all: a fancy shop, a beautiful wife, Suzanne, a sexy Latin mistress, Gabriella, and a hot car. He enjoys the best vintages of the goods he sells. In truth, Alex Gates' finances are stretched to the limit, his marriage is in a shambles and his relationship with his stepson Jason is toxic. Alex's business caters to a wealthy clientele, whose riches prove all too seductive: particularly a certain $1 million diamond necklace. Alex joins with Victor Spanksy, an emphysemic safe-cracker, in a conspiracy to steal the necklace. Rather than the key to their freedom, the hot necklace proves to be the beginning of the end. While Alex is seduced by the jewels, his stepson is both sucked into the crime and drawn to Gabriella, unaware of her liaisons with his stepfather. As their passion grows, she is increasingly torn by the two of them, and by the temptations of money and love.
½ April 27, 2015
Caine and Nicholson shine in this throwback style film noir.
January 17, 2015
Increibles las actuaciones, hasta Jennifer Lopez se salva
October 10, 2014
Boring, uninteresting and slow. Not only that but the characters were very dull, undeveloped and the acting wasn't much good. Those are the biggest problems with this film, but overall it dosent have much going for it. The plot wasn't new and didn't hold much excitement, there was a brief car chase and fistfight but otherwise there was no action. The title is misleading, it sounds like a action gang type movie but isn't. The blood part of the title works, the wine part dosen't make much sense to me at all. I can't say I have anything really positive to say about it, it didn't fail in every aspect, but it did below average in all them.
½ September 16, 2014
"Blood and Wine" contains a simplistic plot, but its execution is tense and suspenseful, courtesy of the natural and engaging performances from the cast which includes Jack Nicholson and Jennifer Lopez.
August 2, 2014
Watching Nicholson and Caine compete in this thriller is entertaining to a certain point, and then you begin rooting for no one since it all comes down to greed.
July 5, 2014
For their 6th film together, Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson turn out a really nasty modern noir. Nicholson is great, but it's Michael Caine who absolutely steals the show. He's alternately pathetic and vicious ... a career peak performance. Lopez looks great but has little else to offer. Dorff is Dorff, enough said.
January 21, 2014
Several good elements, just no follow through. Caine and Davis have the only fully developed characters. The rest is just decent acting. Shame the movie couldn't have a real ending; everyone standing just walks away.
December 8, 2013
Film noir tries hard but slowly unravels as it goes along.
½ August 27, 2013
What a turd! Honestly you'd think with 2 of the most amazing veteran old school actors such as Nicholson and Caine,this would work. Unfortunately it suffers from a lagging almost actionless story that gets hurt the worst by having Lopez and Dorf as leading characters in this. I'm sorry but I don't think they were strong enough to share a screen with Cain Or Nicholson. Judy Davis is criminally under used in this one and I felt that was a terrible mistake. Watch it if you are working on completing your Nicholson or Lopez collection.
Super Reviewer
½ May 15, 2013
Not even a reminder about how gorgeous J-Lo was in the nineties can save this film. Nicholson and Caine are wasting their time here collecting a paycheque for making nothing out of a B grade thriller.
January 13, 2013
Nicholson and Michael Caine are tight in this. I can't stand Stephen Dorff so it is good to see Nicholson get in his face. Also featuring J Lo. Blood and Wine isn't completely memorable but is really solid for a low key heist genre.
½ September 18, 2012
Blood and Wine has a sort of 70's feel to it. The film is concerned mainly with the plot. The characters are individuals capable of anything, both good and bad, much like real people. The end is unsatisfying and unrealistic, a quality that does not match the rest of the film. We know that there is no way Stephen Dorff would have gotten away, nor J-Lo. It acts like they will though, and for this film's sake, I suppose I'll play along.
May 9, 2012
The 6th collaboration between director Bob Rafelson and actor Jack Nicholson, in a relation that goes back to the Monkee's film Head (1968). Here, they teamed up with Oscar winning British producer Jeremy Thomas for this modern day film noir which has double-crossing and family loyalty, and it has a brilliant cast who were game to do a small, independent film like this. Miami, and wine merchant Alex Gates (Nicholson) has a good life, living with wife Suzanne (Judy Davis) and stepson Jason (Stephen Dorff). However, all this is a facade, Alex's business is on the rocks and he's in debt badly, and he's having an affair with his Cuban mistress Gabriela (Jennifer Lopez). Years earlier, Alex used to take part in robberies, before he gave it up for the wine business, but he's lured back into the business by old friend and safe cracker Victor Spansky (Michael Caine), where they plan to steal an expensive diamond necklace from one of Alex's wine clients. The heist goes well, but when Suzanne learns of Alex's double dealings, she tries to kill him, and Jason ends up on the run with the necklace, with Alex and Victor in pursuit to get it back. It's a good thriller with a lot of twists and turns throughout. It's surprising that a film with a cast as big as this hardly did any business, Nicholson is his usual self while Caine turns in a brilliant performance that helped put him back on the map after a few flops. Rafelson is one of the great unsung heroes of American cinema, and his work deserves a lot more recognition.
½ November 28, 2011
One of those well acted, well written and utterly forgettable dramas about crime, corruption, and the stark truth about the American dream. Jack Nicholson stars as a wine merchant who decides to undertake a risky jewel heist in order to pay for his expensive lifestyle.
½ September 19, 2011
Undoubtly less sophisticated and elegant than other greater films of the genre, but still Blood and Wine has a very well calculated and crafted plot enough to stand on its own as another worthy addition to the thriller genre. It has several elements from film-noir and very well drawn round characters. An intelligent film, correctly done and masterfully acted. Michael Caine was perfect in his role, and Jack Nicholson was outstanding as well. Dorff and Lopez looked very small near those two giants of acting, but they were very good too in their roles. Many scenes were wonderful and exciting, and the conclusion was really satisfying, and the final shot was pure beauty.

It was a really entertaining and well done thriller. I don't understand the reason for all the mixed reviews towards this film. I bet that very few other directors could have handled better that script and made an even better film than this. Bob Rafelson did an awesome job.

A little jewel of the genre that has been slowly almost forgotten over the years, but it surely deserves more recognition.
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