Opening

63% The Maze Runner Sep 19
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
43% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
93% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
70% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
35% The November Man $2.8M
35% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

67% The Equalizer Sep 26
70% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
84% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

Premieres Tonight

100% The Good Wife: Season 6
58% Madam Secretary: Season 1
—— Miss Marple: Season 6

New Episodes Tonight

—— American Dad!: Season 11
87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
53% The Lottery: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
78% Ray Donovan: Season 2
87% The Strain: Season 1
—— Witches of East End: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

91% Doctor Who: Season 8
—— Hell on Wheels: Season 4
40% Intruders: Season 1
90% Outlander: Season 1

Mutluluk (Bliss) Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A powerful tale of two young people relying on the kindness of a disenchanted professor to escape the vendetta of a backward Turkish village. Based on a novel by one of Turkey's greatest progressive minds.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

February 22, 2014
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

his is just unabashed melodrama, complete with mustachioed villain and wicked stepmother and wronged heroine and rescuing hero, all tied up in a love story sweet enough to make Hollywood blush.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 29, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

While the story is a dark and difficult one, the players in this morality tale are bathed in light and lost within breathtaking landscapes thanks to director of photography Mirsad Herovic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2009
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

A powerful and absorbing drama, built upon strong production values and heartbreakingly authentic performances.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

September 4, 2009
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Director Abdullah Oguz gives us lots of nice scenery, but the simplistic story and characters strain credibility. What's more, the climactic plot turn is as hokey as it gets.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 4, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An engrossing, tender and compelling drama boasting exquisite cinematography and a radiant performance by the beautiful Ozgu Namal.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.25/10

August 10, 2009
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

When modernity meets the Middle Ages, something's gotta give!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

August 9, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Unlike Nuri Bilge Ceylan ("Three Monkeys"), who evokes an existential element in his fascinating approach to cinema, fellow Turkish filmmaker Abdullah Oguz takes a hackneyed approach to his subject...

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

August 8, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Sadly, the story leans toward the melodramatic and the conflict is too conveniently resolved.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A mesmerizing Turkish film about the mysteries of human nature.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

August 7, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

However streamlined, this consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

August 7, 2009
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The director knows how to exploit beautiful scenery, but he fails at the most basic task of a filmmaker, which is to communicate emotion.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 7, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Lovely, swirling cinematography and the novelist's own emotive score help gloss over stereotypes and some clunky melodrama. Realistic touches overall make it satisfying.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

August 7, 2009
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Blessed with strong performances by Ozgu Namal and Murat Han.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2009
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

Bliss personalizes the brutal custom of honor killing. Director and co-screenwriter Abdullah Oguz has skillfully created an intense view of the conflict between tradition and emotion in contemporary Turkey.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

Bliss is wonderful storytelling through and through. From the lyrical opening shot of a mountain's reflection piercing the sea to the closing portrait of open air, director Oguz's narrative is just as crystalline as the Aegean Sea he opulently photographs

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 5/5

August 6, 2009
Nicolas Rapold
Time Out New York
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie could use more genuinely thorny moments, like when a bikini-clad student visits the prof and his flustered fugitives. Instead, Bliss gets a cheapening thriller climax that presses the cruel family patriarch into villain duty.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

August 5, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Bliss creakily illustrates the clash between ancient, abhorrent custom and modernity.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 4, 2009
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Rather than allowing the raw nuance of the sexual hegemony to speak for itself, the topic is enveloped in a storyline that becomes increasingly more squalid as it unspools.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 3, 2009
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

Set in an intriguing locale, based on an important novel, Bliss is the tale of diverse culture and sharp -- sometimes brutal -- conflicts. It is a voyage of coming to grips with the challenging cultural mix of tradition and modernity.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 3.0/5

July 14, 2009
Page 1 of 2
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile