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  • Summary: 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 reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). But Chris’ inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother’s latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it’s already too late, as the brothers’ destiny is bound together, forever. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand

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