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Fort Bliss

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Turkey, United States

Rated R · 1h 56m

Director Claudia Myers
Starring Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, Ron Livingston

Genre War, Drama

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After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.


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Although competently made, the film is such a run-of-the-mill military melodrama that it might have skipped its assuredly brief theatrical appearance and gone straight to VOD.

Slant Magazine by Carson Lund

The complicated psychological realities of army personnel require a tougher directorial treatment than the maudlin melodrama presented here.

The A.V. Club by Jesse Hassenger

A movie like Fort Bliss seems designed to keep her (Monaghan) in fighting shape, in case bigger productions realize that she can do more than kiss a famous co-star.

Variety by Justin Chang

Fort Bliss is a flawed little gem of a movie, but Monaghan’s flawless performance is its own quiet call to arms.

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Ms. Myers too often tells rather than shows, and she doesn’t have the cinematic skill set to transform her idea into a fully satisfying movie, especially at this low-budget level.

Los Angeles Times by Martin Tsai

Despite what seem like the trappings of a Lifetime movie, writer-director Claudia Myers presents us with an unflinching and complex character study of an imperfect woman.

Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

Myers, whose background is in documentaries involving Afghanistan and Iraq War vets, is good at capturing the revealing, offhand moments in this story, but Maggie’s conflicts about motherhood and the military needed a greater psychological scope than this film provides.