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Blood Father

Action . Thriller . Crime

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Actors: Mel Gibson , Erin Moriarty , William H. Macy , Elisabeth Röhm , Michael Parks , Thomas Mann , Diego Luna , Dale Dickey , Miguel Sandoval , Lori Dillen
Directors: Jean-François Richet
Country: FRANCE
Release: 2016-08-11
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  • Alonso Duralde

    If you can separate the art from the artist — as most of us do at some point, or there’d be almost no movies or plays or novels or music or paintings left to enjoy — it’s a stone-cold gas.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Dan Mecca

    Blood Father, directed by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine, Assault on Precinct 13), works remarkably well as a grindhouse throwback, sporting a screenplay (from Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff, based on Craig’s novel) that’s better than it has any right to be.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Gibson makes a persuasive derelict John Wayne with a loose, energetic performance, finely tuned comic timing and an amused, self-aware “Lethal Weapon” glint.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Luckily for Gibson fans, the movie’s a small gem: a good old-fashioned chase picture, thickened with pulp.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nigel M Smith

    As comeback projects go, Blood Father is stellar. It’s a wonder Quentin Tarantino, the king of career resurrection, didn’t get to Gibson first. The actors completely tears into the role of Link, a battered and disgruntled ex-con. Richet matches him, delivering a muscular and deliriously entertaining B-movie that is sure to play like gangbusters with genre aficionados.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    An efficient and pleasurable bad-man-tries-to-go-good exposition that gives Gibson ample opportunity to flex his now-somewhat-grizzled movie-star muscle. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    A violent, grungy, Peckinpah-lite action thriller that’s worth checking out just to be reminded how powerful an actor Mel Gibson continues to be even—if the parts aren’t coming like they once were.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Without Gibson’s baggage, it’s easy to appreciate the movie as a minor throwback to the R-rated action films of the ’80s and early ’90s, which similarly mixed the very lurid and the very wholesome, even if the action scenes don’t live up to the genre’s heyday.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Operating for much of its running time with an equal balance between guilty pleasure grittiness and decent father/daughter drama, the film’s conclusion tips toward the latter in an unconvincing shift toward sentimentality and Life Lessons that not only is out of place, but betrays John’s own code of stoic endurance.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The film shrewdly capitalizes on Mel Gibson's off-screen embarrassments and controversies.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Blood Father is trash, but it does capture what an accomplished and winning actor Mel Gibson can be. Just because he lost his bearings, and his career, doesn’t mean that he lost his talent.

    Variety Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    By no means a great piece of filmmaking, Blood Father nevertheless recaptures some of the rough attitude of Gibson's "Mad Max" days, as he shoots, growls and head-butts through a routine tale of angry drug lords.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The fading, erstwhile disgraced star’s grizzled, weary urgency gives this story some gusto and resonance, but otherwise, Mesrine director Jean-François Richet delivers adequate B-movie excitement only in spurts.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    A serviceable piece of B-movie entertainment without an ounce of originality

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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