Blood Ties
Blood Ties (2014)

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),… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 2014
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Blood Ties boasts a fine cast and palpable period detail, but ultimately fails to do much of anything new with its formulaic story.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The performers carry on - Owen is particularly good - but this bird doesn't fly.

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Stefan Pape

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.

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Michael Nordine
Village Voice

Seems to be the continuation of a narrative that only exists in its characters' heads.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

An ambitious, if disappointing, period crime drama featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as warring brothers on opposite sides of the law.

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Rich Cline

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[A] his laborious, tonally wobbly attempt at an American crime epic.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The film is too sprawling and unfocused to deliver real emotional clout, but there are are some gripping stand-offs along the way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
So much talent. So little result.
Alex roy
Decent drama, Blood Ties is one of those films that d9oesn't try to do anything refreshing with its story and opts to retain similar genre elements that… More
Al S
A powerhouse crime-drama that shines with the gritty storytelling of Scorsese. A strong script, a gorgeous cast and a great soundtrack are only a few things… More
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Manu Gino
Crime runs in the family. Good Movie! Excellent story and good screenplay to go with it. However, need to be patient to follow the story line effectively… More
Todd Smith
Shot in a 1970s style, Blood Ties certainly has the right look. The film features a great cast, that made me desperately want to see it, but the problem is that… More