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Bliss may be too narratively and visually intense for less adventurous viewers, but should trigger the titular state in those with a taste for hard-hitting horror.



Total Count: 26


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Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she's finally painting again, but she's also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.


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Critic Reviews for Bliss

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3)

  • It's 80 tedious minutes of shouting, swearing, nudity and gore, cut together with the deftness of a chainsaw.

    Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a relentless shrillness at work here that makes the movie more grating than exciting.

    Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It is certainly not for everyone, but those eager for a walk on the wild side will find those expectations fully sated.

    Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • Bliss approaches its aesthetic with a straight-faced intensity, pummeling the viewer with woozy handheld closeups and violent bursts of montage until you feel like maybe you might have been dosed somehow on your way into the theater.

    Aug 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
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  • Hampered by a meandering, repetitive screenplay and thematic shallowness, but it's hard not to be impressed by Madison's committed, unhinged performance.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • An utterly involving, frightening, and totally thrilling deep-dive into the dark underbelly of Los Angeles via a fierce female lead, Bliss is one of the most fascinating and essential horror movies of the year.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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