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Blood Father (15)

Action, Crime, Thriller

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

The critical consensus

Jean-François Richet's old-school action thriller sees Mel Gibson back to his grizzled best.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 03/10/2016

This is Mel Gibson back to doing what he once did best, just older and grumpier. The movie has problems but delivers when it needs to.

***(*)(*)James White, Empire Online, 03/10/2016

Jean-François Richet, who also directed cult French gangster movie Mesrine, combines the action and the character schtick in a likeable way.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 05/10/2016

Gibson plays a haggard, exhausted father who must summon the strength to save his daughter’s life in this muscular yet disciplined movie.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/10/2016

Gibson’s wry, battle-hardened veteran [adds] extra value but Erin Moriarty reduced to second fiddle as a bland damsel in distress.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 07/10/2016

Motorbikes, guns and tattoos about in this fun action film.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 09/10/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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