Fort Bliss is a small film, but it addresses big issues, in ways that are never simplistic or dogmatic.
"Fort Bliss" joins "Coming Home" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" as a movie deeply in sync, not just with the military characters it depicts, but also with the civilian world that awaits them with such confoundingly mixed messages.
[A] well-observed and endearing account of one woman grappling with allegiances to her fellow soldiers and her estranged 5-year-old son.
Maggie's agonizing zero-sum struggle to balance a life of military service and a steady relationship with her son feels fresh, raw, and real.
[Myers] 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.
Even when the plotting feels strained or inauthentic, the Asche & Spencer score a mite too insistent, Monaghan's performance rings true.
An unflinching and complex character study of an imperfect woman juggling motherhood and her determination to succeed among men.
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.
The non-Monaghan parts of Fort Bliss tend to go watery.