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Blood Father (2016)



Critic Consensus: Blood Father meets every expectation a film fan could have for a latter-day Mel Gibson action thriller with its title -- and even, in some respects, handily exceeds them.

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BLOOD FATHER stars Mel Gibson as Link, an ex-convict who fights to protect his estranged daughter from the drug cartel that is hunting her down. In this thrilling action film, John must use his connections from his past life and his skills as an ex-criminal to keep him and his daughter alive. BLOOD FATHER also stars Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and William H. Macy.

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Michael Parks
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Miguel Sandoval
as Arturo Rios
Dale Dickey
as Cherise
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Critic Reviews for Blood Father

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (10)

A silly but fun addition to the geri-action genre.

October 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Pretty much gives you all that you could want from a pulp fiction in which Mel Gibson plays a grizzled loner inking skin in a spot called the Missing Link Tattoo.

August 25, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie is pretty good.

August 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An efficient and pleasurable bad-man-tries-to-go-good exposition that gives Mel Gibson ample opportunity to flex his now-somewhat-grizzled movie-star muscle.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie's a small gem: a good old-fashioned chase picture, thickened with pulp.

August 11, 2016 | Full Review…

A violent, grungy, Peckinpah-lite action thriller that's worth checking out just to be reminded how powerful an actor Mel Gibson continues to be-even if the parts aren't coming like they once were.

August 11, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blood Father

A gritty and exciting crime thriller, Blood Father is a compelling tale of redemption. The story follows an ex-con whose drug addict daughter comes to him for help when she accidentally shoots her boyfriend during a robbery and is hunted down by his cartel. Mel Gibson and Erin Moriarty both give impressive performances and have a good father/daughter chemistry. And, the characters are well-written (particularly Gibson's) and there are some nice touches of dark humor. It can be kind of formulaic at times, but overall Blood Father powerful film about a father's love for his child.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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I always hate myself just a little bit when I like a Mel Gibson film, but "Blood Father" is actually very good. Despite the inane tag line (viz., "A Father Makes His Own Justice"), the film has a good script (even if somewhat cliched at times) with interesting characters and fine cinematography. Gibson's performance is excellent. I'm not a big fan of the dynamic sound editing, but otherwise it's good. Overall, it's a pretty darn good film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Say what you will about Mel Gibson but he is a very talented actor who's presence here elevates a rather basic revenge film. The direction is strong and faultless, just a shame the film has garnered the marketing it deserved from the distributor. Strong characters and the connection between father and daughter strengthens the final third. A good film and one that deserves a wider audience.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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