Blessed is uneven and overall not as good as Kokkinos's other films but it nevertheless contains some of her best work to date.
- Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, March 21, 2010
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?
- Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National, September 11, 2009
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.
- Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia), September 11, 2009
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.
- Giles Hardie, Unknown2, September 10, 2009
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.
- David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia), September 09, 2009
Blessed is a powerful and truthful movie experience that lingers long after the end.
- Des Partridge, Courier Mail (Australia), September 09, 2009
Skilfully woven together, the separate tales that eventually intersect portray a touching look at the relationship between mothers and children.
- Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia), September 08, 2009
Brilliant performances and Kokkinos' assured direction result in another strong local production.
- Simon Jones, Empire Magazine Australasia, September 06, 2009
Blessed with cinematic ambition, Ana Kokkinos and her writing collaborators have forged a striking film out of pain and dysfunction, yet managing to pull out a serene sense of closure in the final moments.
- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, September 02, 2009
Ana Kokkinos has made an exquisitely and brutally powerful film about the indestructible but fragile thread that connects mothers and children.
- Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, September 02, 2009