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Blood Ties (2014)



Critic Consensus: Blood Ties boasts a fine cast and palpable period detail, but ultimately fails to do much of anything new with its formulaic story.

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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. (c) Roadside Attractions

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Mila Kunis
as Natalie
Zoe Saldana
as Vanessa
Noah Emmerich
as Lieutenant Connellan
Yul Vázquez
as Fabio De Soto
Eve Hewson
as Yvonne
Anais Lee
as Janie
Joseph O'Malley
as Policeman Station
Laurence Lowry
as Cell Guard
Jon Goracy
as Mechanic/Witness
Chris Fischer
as Policeman Officer Norm
Tom Greer
as Policeman 50's
Audrey Amey Akins
as Policewoman
Mike Sheehan
as Manager
John Joseph Gallagher
as Head Internal Affairs
Austin Williams
as Young Chris
Ron Crawford
as Old Man
Mike Houston
as Policeman #2
Eli Tokash
as Young Frank
Julian Gamble
as Jack Wheeler
Dominik Tiefenthaler
as Ruby Bartender
T.J. Kenneally
as Ryan Smith
Heather Litteer
as Bored Hooker #1
Matthew Sprout
as Swat Cop #1
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Critic Reviews for Blood Ties

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (26)

In its lesser moments, the film is overwrought and derivative but, at its best, it has a real flavour of Friedkin, Coppola and Scorsese.

August 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It starts out feeling like too many stars in search of a story, but Owen excels as a charismatic brute, and the tautly handled set pieces drag you back in for a solid payoff.

August 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A cunningly chosen soundtrack featuring the likes of Ace Frehley, Al Wilson and the Isley Brothers attempts to paper over the cracks withcool, but it's not convincing.

August 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Not quite an unimaginative crime film, not quite something better.

August 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

Blood Ties has a heart of plastic. Yet there's a sturdiness to the script, and the performances are real enough to crackle.

August 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you hear an unearthly sound during Blood Ties, it might be Sidney Lumet's ghost attempting to contact his lawyer.

August 13, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blood Ties


It is a world of men, and so all female characters are one-dimensional and revolve around them, while Billy Crudup delivers the only nuanced performance in a weak movie filled with too many characters who are mostly underdeveloped and make it lose focus like a soap opera.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


So much talent. So little result.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A powerhouse crime-drama that shines with the gritty storytelling of Scorsese. A strong script, a gorgeous cast and a great soundtrack are only a few things that stand out in this project. A tough, stylish, gritty and mesmerizing movie that explodes with drama and action. A powerful and outstanding movie that's riveting, exciting and action-packed. The best crime-drama since The Town. Writer, James Gray and Director, Guillaume Canet craft a dazzling and epic piece of crime and brotherhood. It's one of the best movies of 2014. An instant classic. A hard-hitting and deeply absorbing character study. A remarkable all-star cast. Clive Owen gives a powerful and explosive performance, its his best role in years. Billy Crudup is outstanding. Mila Kunis is terrific. Zoe Saldana is excellent. Marion Cotillard is fantastic. A film that will entertain you all the way to its beautifully tragic ending.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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