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The Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who have lived under the shadow of their police chief father (Brian Cox) - a man known for doing whatever it takes to get a confession. When the brothers take an interrogation too far, they raise the suspicions of their colleague (Mark Strong) and suddenly find themselves having to cover up their own crimes.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The landscape cinematography is often eye-pleasing, but the script is labored, filled with clichés and never allows for character development."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
""Blood" unfolds along familiar lines, but it works."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This bleak thriller about morality and guilt suffers from a muddled plot that lacks context for the troubled behavior of its characters."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Paul Bettany turns in a stellar performance as a modern day Raskolnikov in this gritty psychological drama about the downfall of a British police family."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Bettany excels at portraying internal conflict in a movie that proves even well-acted suffering can reach a point of diminishing returns."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
""Blood" may not be wholly original, but it is effective."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"While hardly reinventing the wheel, "Blood" works best as a tone poem, with unspoken passages detailing a hard life."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"Straightforward old school mental anguish combined with all the moodiness the Irish Sea can muster, a thoroughly professional crime thriller from start to finish."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"While the performances are strong, especially from Graham and Strong, this cop drama is saddled with derivative plot points that maybe it would have been best if the writer added more complexity to avoid predictability."
‑ Wilson Morales,
"Blood is just good enough to make me wish it was better. While occasionally effective, it is ultimately hindered by some incomplete storytelling."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Suffers from a crippling lack of back story and characters whose relationships are fraught with unexplained complexity."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
""Blood" feels perfunctory, needing something besides fussy plotting to jolt it to life."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"At times, "Blood," feels like a slightly-filled-out television police procedural with better cinematography, but the performances have an almost Shakespearean grandeur."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"Despite excellent performances throughout, Blood's forced plot and incomplete story causes it to fall far short of its potential."
‑ Alexander Lowe, We Got This Covered
"Themes of family ties, obsession, and morality, so dramatically realized in Conviction, are gracelessly and shapelessly strewn together here."
‑ Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine
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