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: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"If anyone watches Blood Ties in twenty years, they would not guess it was a film released in 2014. Of course, the odds on anyone watching something so clichéd and ultimately paper-thin in story and theme are very slim."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"Blood Ties, a long-reaching crime epic, possesses all the earmarks of a mellowed-out Scorsese, complete with its bracing, grimy aesthetic, slowed down pace, gentle meting of information, and occasional explosions of extreme violence."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"This is a deeply flawed, easy-to-write-off movie. But one day in the future it might even be viewed as very good."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"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
"Reaches for an epic sweep of criminal desires and tortured decisions, and while it doesn't quite achieve everything it sets out to do, the basics are handled with care by Canet, who has a clear affinity for the actors and the era."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Some excellent performances - by Clive Owen and Billy Crudup - can't disguise the fact that there's absolutely nothing here we haven't seen too many times before."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Jame Gray and the ghost of Sidney Lumet are just along for the ride, adding a grimy layer of old-school New York scuzz to a film that's too overstuffed, fractured, and redolent with cliché to every compellingly hang together."
‑ Abhimanyu Das, Slant Magazine
"The performers carry on - Owen is particularly good - but this bird doesn't fly."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Intriguing performances, and a sense of '70s American cinema that seems to have been preserved in a lava lamp."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Visually a throwback to the era of Sidney Lumet's NYC crime dramas of the 1970s, the slow-moving Blood Ties features fine performances from Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, but wastes Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, and Mila Kunis."
‑ Matt Patches, IGN Movies
"If you're an ardent admirer of pretty much anyone in the cast (OK, except Emmerich), you'll find something worthwhile here."
‑ Glenn Kenny,
"Canet fills the screen with wonderful performances by a terrific cast and keeps the pace and tension on a high level compensating for the over 2 hour length, shocking violence, and dark and depressing story."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
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