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Blood Ties

Drama . Crime . Thriller

Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.

Actors: Noah Emmerich , Griffin Dunne , Lili Taylor , James Caan , Matthias Schoenaerts , Zoe Saldana , Mila Kunis , Marion Cotillard , Billy Crudup , Clive Owen
Directors: Guillaume Canet
Country: FRANCE , USA
Release: 2013-10-30
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  • Marc Mohan

    Blood Ties not only convincingly recreates its era, it seems like it could have been made then.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    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.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    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. Full Review
  • Michael Nordine

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    There's a heft to the proceedings that keeps us invested even when the story's various strands start to unravel.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    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.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    This hoary, hackneyed old served with such relish that the fun proves infectious.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Abhimanyu Das

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Among the cast, the Oscar winner Cotillard acquits herself the best, bleary-eyed and bitter.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    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.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The tension rarely rises above a low boil.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Fine actors are let down by a comatose script and wayward direction in this retro crime drama.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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