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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.)
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
    Eastwood's instinct for creating efficient, adult, mainstream entertainment is virtually unerring. He's still a class act, not to mention craggy, suave, laconic and very, very cool.
  3. Moves along the way its leading man walks along - steady and sure.
  4. It's always nice to see Clint, and especially nice to see him play someone whose humanity -- no, whose mortality -- is all too apparent.
  5. 63
    There's also something to be said for a movie that's content with telling a simple yarn, and telling it well.
  6. 50
    A major misstep and a disappointment of significant proportions. It may not be a failure for Eastwood the actor, but it's a big one for Eastwood the director.
  7. 38
    If you put the word Tired first, it would perfectly describe the movie.

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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 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
    ironic train wreck that would otherwise be successful if not contaminated with poor lines and an underhanded script that feels copy and pasted together. Expand
  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 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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