The Trouble with Bliss
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The Trouble with Bliss
The Trouble with Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The kind of movie that gives a bad name to the concept of "quirky.""
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The Trouble With Bliss intriguingly showcases the numerous struggles people face as they reflect on their life paths."
‑ Karen Benardello, We Got This Covered
"The trouble with Bliss isn't that he's lazy... it's that he's boring."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Populated with unlikely occurrences and oddball characters, it plays out, to put it most complimentary, like a dull, slower moving After Hours."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in The Trouble With Bliss."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Packs a lot of Lower East Side quirkiness into 97 minutes. Maybe too much."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Indie pap, populated by determinedly eccentric characters you don't give a toss about."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Michael Knowles directs with all the complexity of a TV sitcom."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Striving mightily to be the indie equivalent of a wacky sitcom, "The Trouble With Bliss" fails to draw much humor from farcical situations."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Knowles and Light indulge in so many indie clichés, their movie could be used as a film-school case study."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Less than the comic sum of its sardonic parts "The Trouble With Bliss" is a triviality."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The trouble is they keep trying to make movies about it."
‑ Jules Brenner,
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