Blood Ties (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Blood Ties boasts a fine cast and palpable period detail, but ultimately fails to do much of anything new with its formulaic story.

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New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance -- he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). But Chris' inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother's latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it's already too late, as the brothers' destiny is bound together, forever. (c) Roadside Attractions
Rating:
R (for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief drug use)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Clive Owen
as Chris
Mila Kunis
as Natalie
Zoe Saldana
as Vanessa
James Caan
as Leon
Lili Taylor
as Marie
Noah Emmerich
as Lieutenant Connellan
Griffin Dunne
as McNally
Yul Vázquez
as Fabio De Soto
Eve Hewson
as Yvonne
Anais Lee
as Janie
Olek Krupa
as Tommy
Joseph O'Malley
as Policeman Station
Laurence Lowry
as Cell Guard
Jon Goracy
as Mechanic/Witness
Joseph Mesiano
as Partenza
Charlie Tahan
as Michael
Daisy Tahan
as Robin
Chris Fischer
as Policeman Officer Norm
Tom Greer
as Policeman 50's
Audrey Amey Akins
as Policewoman
Mike Sheehan
as Manager
John Joseph Gallagher
as Head Internal Affairs
Austin Williams
as Young Chris
Ron Crawford
as Old Man
Mike Houston
as Policeman #2
Eli Tokash
as Young Frank
Julian Gamble
as Jack Wheeler
Dominik Tiefenthaler
as Ruby Bartender
T.J. Kenneally
as Ryan Smith
Heather Litteer
as Bored Hooker #1
Matthew Sprout
as Swat Cop #1
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Critic Reviews for Blood Ties

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Seems to be the continuation of a narrative that only exists in its characters' heads.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

I share Canet's affection for Sidney Lumet films full of scraggly sideburns and big brown Fleetwoods the size of the QE2. But if you really appreciated those movies, you'd use your memories of them to jumpstart something new.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

If you're an ardent admirer of pretty much anyone in the cast (OK, except Emmerich), you'll find something worthwhile here.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

The performers carry on - Owen is particularly good - but this bird doesn't fly.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

An ambitious, if disappointing, period crime drama featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as warring brothers on opposite sides of the law.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blood Ties

½

It is a world of men, and so all female characters are one-dimensional and revolve around them, while Billy Crudup delivers the only nuanced performance in a weak movie filled with too many characters who are mostly underdeveloped and make it lose focus like a soap-opera.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

So much talent. So little result.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A powerhouse crime-drama that shines with the gritty storytelling of Scorsese. A strong script, a gorgeous cast and a great soundtrack are only a few things that stand out in this project. A tough, stylish, gritty and mesmerizing movie that explodes with drama and action. A powerful and outstanding movie that's riveting, exciting and action-packed. The best crime-drama since The Town. Writer, James Gray and Director, Guillaume Canet craft a dazzling and epic piece of crime and brotherhood. It's one of the best movies of 2014. An instant classic. A hard-hitting and deeply absorbing character study. A remarkable all-star cast. Clive Owen gives a powerful and explosive performance, its his best role in years. Billy Crudup is outstanding. Mila Kunis is terrific. Zoe Saldana is excellent. Marion Cotillard is fantastic. A film that will entertain you all the way to its beautifully tragic ending.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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