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At Theaters: 8/9/2002 On Video: 12/27/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409950
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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FBI profiler McCaleb, is a dedicated professional and taciturn individualist who must come to terms with a sudden and unexpected life change when he is felled by a heart attack while pursuing his latest adversary. But a beautiful stranger convinces McCaleb to come out of retirement and risk his tenuous recovery to help her solve her sister's inexplicable murder.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Suspense Thriller - This slow-moving mystery-thriller will primarily appeal to older viewers and fans of Clint Eastwood. Those looking for a more action- oriented Eastwood won't find him here. The violent content makes the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Clint Eastwood SPACE COWBOYS, TRUE CRIME, ABSOLUTE POWER
Jeff Daniels MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, TRIAL AND ERROR
Wanda De Jesus GHOSTS OF MARS, ONCE IN THE LIFE
Tina Lifford JOE SOMEBODY, PAY IT FORWARD
Paul Rodriguez CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES
Dylan Walsh NOBODY'S FOOL, WE WERE SOLDIERS
Anjelica Huston THE ROYAL TENNEBAUMS
Dir/Prod: Clint Eastwood SPACE COWBOYS, TRUE CRIME
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About The Story & Characters
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 9 F-words, 15 S-words, 5 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Mild fooling around and implied sex.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Some chases and shootouts.
COMEDY: None.
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Above Average

The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "More than ever, Clint Eastwood's acting is all squint, rasp, sinew, and bone, but damned if he doesn't have a few tricks left in him. He's now playing a man whose will is stronger than his body, and it's that tension -- between anger and frailty, steel and decay -- that powers the movie.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "Aside from the clumsy screenplay and even clumsier direction, there are some other annoyances associated with Blood Work. And, aside from a few isolated moments when Eastwood manages to generate a little tension, Blood Work often feels like it's dragging. Blood Work will seem hopelessly corny and poorly plotted to all but those who wallow in the badness of half-baked crime thrillers.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "The movie is not simply a sentimental revenge picture, however, but a police procedural that leads us into an intriguing investigation. Based on a novel by Michael Connelly, the movie is like one of those Ed McBain stories in which the facts add up but make no sense until the key is supplied in a sudden observation.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "...the story itself, which lurches from simplistic detective work to a formulaic climax via a series of credibility-straining twists, is less than gripping. While the film is commendably low key — it's 100 percent high-voltage stunt work and CGI effects-free — its plot is as preposterously melodramatic as a noir nightmare like DOA (1950), without that film's restless undercurrent of disillusioned fatalism. It's merely glum when it should be bracingly grim.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 112 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
6
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
43
Fairly High
91%
30+Adults (F)
52
Fairly High
79%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some pretty mixed opinions. You have to be careful on these movies so you don't waste your time and money. I highly recommend that you read all the detailed opinions. There were quite a few negative comments that might help you make the right decision.

This is a typical example of an average movie. There were a few who really enjoyed it rating it "Excellent" to "Fantastic." There were a few who didn't care much for it rating it "Good" to "Poor." And the majority rated it "Very Good."

So, if you enjoy slow mystery movies, your probability of enjoying "Blood Work" is pretty high. If you require some action and suspense to keep you awake, you may not enjoy this movie very much.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Someone's got Terry McCaleb's number. A veteran FBI profiler, McCaleb (CLINT EASTWOOD) is unrelenting in his pursuit of justice and unequalled in his success at tracking and catching murderers.

But as he closes in on his latest adversary - a psychopath dubbed "The Code Killer" by the media - McCaleb is felled by a massive heart attack and forced into early retirement.

Two years later, a beautiful stranger (WANDA De JESÚS) reveals a secret that compels McCaleb to re-examine his recovery: his life was saved by someone else's death - the victim of a murder that remains unsolved.

Against the advice of his cardiologist (ANJELICA HUSTON) and with the help of an eager neighbor (JEFF DANIELS), McCaleb literally puts his life on the line to track down a murderer who has forced him to take this case personally.

He's a heartbeat away from catching the killer.

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