Blood Ties
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The performers carry on - Owen is particularly good - but this bird doesn't fly."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Blood Ties is the kind of film that Martin Scorsese or Sidney Lumet might have made back in the 1970s."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Seems to be the continuation of a narrative that only exists in its characters' heads."
‑ Michael Nordine, Village Voice
"An ambitious, if disappointing, period crime drama featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as warring brothers on opposite sides of the law."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Rich Cline,
"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."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"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."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"[A] his laborious, tonally wobbly attempt at an American crime epic."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The film is too sprawling and unfocused to deliver real emotional clout, but there are are some gripping stand-offs along the way."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"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."
‑ Stephen Carty, Radio Times
"Not quite an unimaginative crime film, not quite something better."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
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