67

The Playlist

By 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.
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63

RogerEbert.com

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.
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60

The Guardian

By Xan Brooks
This hoary, hackneyed old cop-opera...is served with such relish that the fun proves infectious.
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60

The Dissolve

By 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.
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60

Village Voice

By 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.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
There's a heft to the proceedings that keeps us invested even when the story's various strands start to unravel.
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50

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
There is a different and possibly shorter edit of this movie that is probably much better, but the film is still compelling and watchable, if only because the main thrust of two brothers inevitably caught in each other's various spirals is fascinating. But ultimately, the final result can't help but be a disappointment.
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Among the cast, the Oscar winner Cotillard acquits herself the best, bleary-eyed and bitter.
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50

The New York Times

By 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.
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30

Variety

By Scott Foundas
The tension rarely rises above a low boil.
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46 out of 100
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