Blessed
Blessed (2009)

The actions of a handful of troubled young people are seen from two different perspectives in this drama from Australian filmmaker Ana Kokkinos. Daniel (Harrison Gilbertson) has a combative relationship with his parents and acts out by… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Some fine talent manages to rise above flimsy scenarios in this multi-thread expose of low-rent Melbourne mothering and its bitter legacy. Surely the whole truth would call for some rays of light in these shabby lives?

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Blessed is uneven and overall not as good as Kokkinos's other films but it nevertheless contains some of her best work to date.

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Giles Hardie
Unknown2

Blessed's relentless melodrama means the situations feel staged and stereotypical and both the mothers and children for the most part become painful, charmless annoyances who we want to go home to avoid.

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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE

Unforgiving in its shrewd relentlessness, the cast is flawless as is the direction.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

A slow-burning, emotionally haunting film that thrusts the bond between mother and child under a microscope.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Kokkinos is never backward in confronting her audience, but she's also a sensitive portrayer of emotions that are basic to us all and with this marvellous film she has created her best work so far.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A tad bloated and uncompromisingly bleak, Blessed is buoyed by its impressive ensemble cast.

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Blessed is a rich, unsettling vision of the mother-child relationship, By the end, it is clear that things are not always as they seem. Sometimes it's a reversal of expectations, sometimes an unpredictable consequence.

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Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

Blessed is a powerful and truthful movie experience that lingers long after the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Should you see this achingly performed, firmly directed Australian drama about mothers and their offspring experiencing 24 hours of, largely, bad stuff? Yes, if… More
Panta Oz
Well, it's hard to find anything blessed about the lives in this Australian drama. The writers have woven a whole bunch of stories together from children… More