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The Trouble With Bliss

5/10
Drama . Comedy
 

35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and the premature death of his mother has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with Stephanie (Brie Larson), the 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate, Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue.

 
Actors: Chris Messina , Brie Larson , Sarah Shahi , Peter Fonda , Lucy Liu , Michael C. Hall , Glenn Kubota
Directors: Michael Knowles
Country: USA
Release: 2012-03-23
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  • Kalvin Henely

    Populated with unlikely occurrences and oddball characters, it plays out, to put it most complimentary, like a dull, slower moving "After Hours."

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    The tiredness of its conceit aside, the film manages to ingratiate thanks to a script that pleasantly ping-pongs from one digressive dialogue to another and a persuasive performance by Hall.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Even in an old T-shirt and scruff of beard, Hall seems too canny and calculated a presence to entirely inhabit this man-child role, which lends a compelling edge to an otherwise scattershot story of urban misadventure and coming of age.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The film is not without charm, much of it provided by Larson as the sneakily demanding Brie. Liu is also funny and vaguely dangerous, while Henke is an agreeable presence. As for Hall, he's not asked to do much more than mope.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Nobody in this sweet-natured, low-testosterone trifle is out for blood. Mr. Hall gives an agreeable portrayal of a man-child not unlike David Fisher, his character on "Six Feet Under."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    One can guess how the elements here might have been alluring on the page, but helmer/co-scenarist Michael Knowles' third feature doesn't find the distinctive tone needed to make its eccentric characters less than irksome and its plot more than arbitrary.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Hall's puppy-dog charisma holds up under the strain, but it isn't nearly enough to keep this messy midlife-crisis dramedy afloat. A little of this Bliss goes a long way.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.

    NPR Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Any potential enjoyment here is fatally undermined by the film's barely developed characters, self-conscious dialogue ("I will wax his tugboat!") and repetitive imagery.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    The "Dexter" star gives it his all in this indie comedy about a 35-year-old unemployed man coping with various romantic and life crises, but by the end of this terminally cute effort you'll wish that he just stop moping and kill somebody already.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The biggest trouble with "Bliss" is the way it wastes a cast that deserves so much more.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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