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
"feels like an over-adapted novel"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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
"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
"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."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"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
"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
"If you want a good film that covers similar ground, just revisit Gray's We Own the Night instead."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"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
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