Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 20, 2014
    Blood Ties not only convincingly recreates its era, it seems like it could have been made then.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 25, 2013
    A couple of shootouts and chases are impressive, giving the film a little bit of momentum it sorely lacks, but it’s heartbreaking that ultimately the film doesn’t work.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Mar 21, 2014
    While Canet's direction can't be said to be all over the place, the movie never settles into the groove it so dearly aspires to.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Mar 27, 2014
    Though it takes a long while for the many moving parts to click into place, the final minutes redeem not only a few characters but also Blood Ties itself -- not enough to make up for prior transgressions, perhaps, but enough to leave a favorable last impression.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 20, 2014
    There's a heft to the proceedings that keeps us invested even when the story's various strands start to unravel.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 20, 2014
    This isn’t a movie so much as a fetishist’s fever dream—a fantasia of New York crime movies from the 1970s that places the specificity of its time and place at center stage more than any actual New York crime movie from the era.
  7. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 25, 2013
    This hoary, hackneyed old served with such relish that the fun proves infectious.
  8. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Mar 20, 2014
    With his English-language debut, Blood Ties, Canet takes on material of even less interest to today’s big studios, constructing something much more ambitious than a straight thriller — a sprawling familial crime drama, heavier on relationships than chases or shoot-outs.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 20, 2014
    There are some very good performances and parts of performances in Blood Ties, but the movie fails to convey a sense of tribal identity within this world.
  10. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Mar 20, 2014
    What Lumet or Cassavetes often showed with a look, an image, a movement, Canet chooses to tell, and often at length, with the most heavy-handed dialogue imaginable.
  11. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 20, 2014
    It’s all headed for a showdown, of course, and duly delivers, though Crudup and Taylor are the only ones who really seem to have a handle on the New Yawk accent.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 18, 2014
    Among the cast, the Oscar winner Cotillard acquits herself the best, bleary-eyed and bitter.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 25, 2013
    The ‘70s recreation is reasonable -- there are plenty of vintage cars and pop tunes of the moment -- but the characters never register beyond the surfaces of the scenes despite being equipped with long-festering resentments and grudges.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    May 25, 2013
    The tension rarely rises above a low boil.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 20, 2014
    Fine actors are let down by a comatose script and wayward direction in this retro crime drama.
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  1. Mar 26, 2014
    I loved it. Some movies just make sense too much that they absorb you into their world. And Blood Ties is exactly that film. Clive Owen was great, I enjoyed his performance- it was very realistic. Mila Kunis is good as well. The story is very new- two brothers one is a cop and one is a criminal. I find films like this very refreshing and interesting. It's very rare you see a film like Blood Ties. But the film is slow and a bit boring at times but the film is worth the wait and the climax. Miss it and you will be missing one of the greatest dramas of the year. Full Review »