Blood Work
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A retired detective must battle former colleagues and his own failing health in order to bring a murderer to justice in this action drama produced and directed by its star, Clint Eastwood. Terry McCaleb (Eastwood) was one of the best and most thorough detectives at the FBI's Southern California office, until a massive heart attack sidelined him from police work for good. Following a heart transplant which saved his life, McCaleb has resigned himself to living quietly on a houseboat for the rest of his days, observing a strict health regimen prescribed by his cardiologist, Dr. Bonnie Fox… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Typically for Eastwood, there are modest touches to savor."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It can be argued, I suppose, that Blood Work was designed from the outset not so much as a whodunit as a why-and-how-dunit, and here the film becomes metaphysically ingenious."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"This vehicle—the cinematic equivalent of a supermarket paperback—plays like the best-ever episode of Matlock rather than a truly distinguished feature film. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Eastwood's sharpest filmmaking since the gig that won him an Oscar."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"If you like genre films, Blood Work will not disappoint."
‑ Tony Medley,
"It's mostly a pro forma police procedural spiced by a baroque twist that Eastwood doesn't really know what to do with."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Even as it ends in a flurry of absurd plot twists, Blood Work holds you in a vise."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Disappointing, predictable, and graphic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Master filmmaker Clint Eastwood continues in the classic Howard Hawks/John Ford tradition with unobtrustive direction, relaxed pacing, and strong characters and storytelling."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The talent just isn't there to raise the level of this film past television drama."
‑ Charlie Brown,
"It doesn't sound bad...but Bloodwork is bad, oh, lordy, yes, it is."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's always nice to see Clint."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The pivotal teaser is a numerical code that baffles experts but gets cracked in one curious gaze by a schoolboy."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The movie could have used a heart transplant of its own, for its ultimate undoing is its minuscule, phoned-in energy level."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It's still fun to watch [Eastwood] chase the bad guys, and he still has that indescribable aura about him."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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