Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    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
    67
    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
    63
    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
    60
    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
    60
    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
    60
    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
    60
    This hoary, hackneyed old cop-opera...is served with such relish that the fun proves infectious.
  8. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Mar 20, 2014
    58
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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. 50
    Among the cast, the Oscar winner Cotillard acquits herself the best, bleary-eyed and bitter.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 13, 2014
    40
    The soundtrack is crammed with ’60s and ’70s pop gems – several of them instantly familiar from Scorsese’s movies – while the colour palette is all muted corduroy brown and rainy urban grey. The result is less a homage than a slavish, overproduced cover version, lacking all the spark and integrity of the original.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 25, 2013
    30
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    May 25, 2013
    30
    The tension rarely rises above a low boil.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 20, 2014
    20
    Fine actors are let down by a comatose script and wayward direction in this retro crime drama.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    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 »
  2. Aug 11, 2014
    9
    I really liked this movie.

    I don't quite understand the mixed and/or negative reviews.

    Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and James Caan are all
    very good...as is the rest of the cast. Yes, this is a long movie. However, its length isn't a problem because the content is compelling...at least it was to me, anyway.

    I have brothers. All of my siblings are very different from one another...although not quite as different as the two central characters in "Blood Ties".

    Many years ago, my youngest brother dragged me (at his insistence...I didn't want to go) to a viewing of the just-released "Blade Runner". The critics hated it...I loved it. Now, it's (appropriately) regarded as a science-fiction classic.

    You can listen to the critics on "Blood Ties"...or, see it for yourself.

    This is a quality film with a terrific cast...among so many other less-worthy choices.

    Don't miss it...especially if you have one or more brothers.

    It rings true.
    Full Review »