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  • Summary: A retired FBI profiler is brought back into service under unusual circumstances involving his own blood analysis to track a ruthless serial killer. (Warner Bros.)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. 88
    The strength of the picture, directed by Eastwood, is that it has three intersecting story arcs: The investigation, the health issues, and the relationship that builds, step by step.
  2. 80
    The movie is a methodical and entirely absorbing thriller, featuring a complicated plot (Brian Helgeland adapted the Michael Connelly novel) in which clues are carefully planted, and understanding slowly gathers in the mind of the hero. [19 & 26 August 2002, p. 174]
  3. As director of the movie, Eastwood takes a conservative approach, with few of the imaginative touches that have made some of his films – "Bird," "The Eiger Sanction" – so memorable.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The 72-year-old star, who is centerscreen throughout, makes this rather far-fetched yarn go down much more easily than it otherwise might have.
  5. 63
    It's an intriguing setup, filled with colorful characters, lots of humor and well-developed scenes.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    What's left is a wan and impersonal whodunnit -- a movie that never gets into your blood.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Usually, I'm as slow as the pacing of a movie in figuring out who's done it. If you can't solve this mystery with an hour to go (as I did), better call for a transfusion so a better type of blood will start flowing to your brain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 10 out of 19
  1. LuisL.
    Apr 16, 2006
    10
    blood work is a masterpiece.clint eastwood, jeff daniels, angelica huston are suberb. blood work is one of the best films of all times.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 5, 2005
    8
    Your typical, decent thriller. Eastwood is at his usual greatness, but sometimes the thriller feels unengaging.
  3. Sam
    Aug 25, 2005
    7
    I liked this movie, it just doesn't have the fantastic quality I came to expect from Clint Eastwood. Good acting, good twists, but I liked this movie, it just doesn't have the fantastic quality I came to expect from Clint Eastwood. Good acting, good twists, but there's something missing. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2013
    4
    Blood Work bleeds with discomfort.
    A very interesting concept that doesn't unlock much depth. Eastwood directs and acts in this somewhat
    Blood Work bleeds with discomfort.
    A very interesting concept that doesn't unlock much depth. Eastwood directs and acts in this somewhat ironic train wreck that would otherwise be successful if not contaminated with poor lines and an underhanded script that feels copy and pasted together.
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  5. Hi.I'mGilbertMulroneycakesAndI'llBeYourW
    Dec 31, 2002
    2
    Tell-tale sign 1: it's only just this second come out in the cinema in this country (Britain, that is)...and it's already out on Tell-tale sign 1: it's only just this second come out in the cinema in this country (Britain, that is)...and it's already out on video in the America. Oh dear. Tell-tale sign sign 2: it's ChristmasNew Year this second...making it easier to bury the film in the theatres. Oh dear. Tell-tale sign 3: it has Clinton of the Eastwood as a romantic lead at the age of about 97. A case of the Woody Allens, I feel. Oh dear. And Clint (Actually a very good director, viz Unforgiven, Madison County and, I believe, Play Misty For Me, though I could be wrong, and if I am, I'm sure Ed the Great will correct me about...now) doesn't even do a good job behind the camera either. Not a very good film? No, not really. Expand

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