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Blood Ties Reviews

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John Fink
The Film Stage
June 27, 2016
Canet delivers a character-centered thriller that doesn't break so much as an inch of new ground.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Stefan Pape
August 29, 2014
Everything is in place to have created a truly sensational piece of cinema, and yet you can't help feeling somewhat cold towards this film, despite the memorable, impactful finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
August 21, 2014
While the story centres on twisted moral dilemmas, this 1970s-set thriller takes such a hesitant, internalised approach that if never lets viewers under the characters' skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 16, 2014
The film is too sprawling and unfocused to deliver real emotional clout, but there are are some gripping stand-offs along the way.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
August 15, 2014
In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 15, 2014
It starts out feeling like too many stars in search of a story, but Owen excels as a charismatic brute, and the tautly handled set pieces drag you back in for a solid payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Carty
Radio Times
August 15, 2014
As much a family drama as a crime thriller, Blood Ties is character-driven, so sparing in terms of action, although the regular eruptions of violence pack a genuine punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
August 14, 2014
Blood Ties is the kind of film that Martin Scorsese or Sidney Lumet might have made back in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Felperin
August 14, 2014
A cunningly chosen soundtrack featuring the likes of Ace Frehley, Al Wilson and the Isley Brothers attempts to paper over the cracks withcool, but it's not convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 14, 2014
Not quite an unimaginative crime film, not quite something better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Danny Leigh
Financial Times
August 14, 2014
Blood Ties has a heart of plastic. Yet there's a sturdiness to the script, and the performances are real enough to crackle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 13, 2014
If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
The List
August 11, 2014
There are scenes, moments and performances that all burn brightly but the sprawling Blood Ties never quite lets rip, or manages to connect up all these promising dots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
August 11, 2014
Canet's sprawling saga is overlong and overfamiliar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 11, 2014
Canet, who showed his aptitude with the gripping Tell No One, can't bring this dull period piece to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Mottram
Total Film
August 11, 2014
Wade through all the flares and flare-ups and you'll be rewarded: the ending is absolutely killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 9, 2014
feels like an over-adapted novel
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
June 23, 2014
A familiar crime yarn of strained familial bonds, but it manages to find an emotional truth and urgency in between the editorial streamlining of its various story threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
May 23, 2014
If you want a good film that covers similar ground, just revisit Gray's We Own the Night instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 25, 2014
more of a slow-burn familial drama, although its plot, which revolves around two brothers living on opposite sides of the law, presents plenty of opportunity for gunshots and squealing tires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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