Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
| Original Score: 3.5
Hall's puppy-dog charisma holds up under the strain, but it isn't nearly enough to keep this messy midlife-crisis dramedy afloat.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: C+
Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.
| Original Score: 1/4
Less than the comic sum of its sardonic parts "The Trouble With Bliss" is a triviality.
| Original Score: D
The kind of movie that gives a bad name to the concept of "quirky."
The trouble is they keep trying to make movies about it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Knowles directs with all the complexity of a TV sitcom.
| Original Score: C-
Indie pap, populated by determinedly eccentric characters you don't give a toss about.
The trouble with Bliss isn't that he's lazy... it's that he's boring.
Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study.
| Original Score: 1/5
The Trouble With Bliss intriguingly showcases the numerous struggles people face as they reflect on their life paths.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Populated with unlikely occurrences and oddball characters, it plays out, to put it most complimentary, like a dull, slower moving After Hours.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Even when circumstances and supporting turns slide into quirk and farce, Hall never angles for an easy laugh.
Packs a lot of Lower East Side quirkiness into 97 minutes. Maybe too much.
| Original Score: 8/10
The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss.