The Trouble with Bliss Reviews

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Top Critic
March 22, 2012
Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 20, 2012
Hall's puppy-dog charisma holds up under the strain, but it isn't nearly enough to keep this messy midlife-crisis dramedy afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 22, 2012
The film aims to present a mosaic of crazy New York life, but instead seems more like a shaggy-dog story being spun out by an easily distracted barfly over the course of an idle afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 23, 2012
Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 1, 2012
Less than the comic sum of its sardonic parts "The Trouble With Bliss" is a triviality.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 22, 2012
The kind of movie that gives a bad name to the concept of "quirky."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
March 22, 2012
The trouble is they keep trying to make movies about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 5, 2012
Hall does what he can, but Michael Knowles' film does such a thorough job portraying the ennui and aimlessness gripping its protagonist that the feeling is contagious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 6, 2012
Michael Knowles directs with all the complexity of a TV sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 22, 2012
Indie pap, populated by determinedly eccentric characters you don't give a toss about.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 23, 2012
The trouble with Bliss isn't that he's lazy... it's that he's boring.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012
The Trouble With Bliss intriguingly showcases the numerous struggles people face as they reflect on their life paths.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2012
Populated with unlikely occurrences and oddball characters, it plays out, to put it most complimentary, like a dull, slower moving After Hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
Even when circumstances and supporting turns slide into quirk and farce, Hall never angles for an easy laugh.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 1, 2012
Packs a lot of Lower East Side quirkiness into 97 minutes. Maybe too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 23, 2012
The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss.
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