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  • Summary: Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife Cheryl and son Ethan must grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of circumstances so improbably ironic they might as well have been lifted from one of Harold’s plays. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Mar 27, 2014
    83
    Heralding the arrival of Seth Fisher as a voice to watch, Blumenthal is much like its characters: a frankly funny and original piece of work.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 27, 2014
    60
    Sharp yet overdetermined, Blumenthal doesn’t breathe naturally — it’s a comedy in a box. Just not a box that everyone will want to open.
  3. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Mar 25, 2014
    50
    Fisher's filmmaking, aside from a couple scenes between Ethan and his best friend (Alexander Cendese) that are nicely composed in long-take two-shots, is too consistently flat to make the material spark.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    This effort offers some mild amusement but lacks the anarchic wit to make it anything more than a slight diversion.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 27, 2014
    40
    This effort offers some mild amusement but lacks the anarchic wit to make it anything more than a slight diversion.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Apr 3, 2014
    30
    A limp facsimile of a Woody Allen ensembler set in a familiar world of New York Jewish intellectuals — minus only the wit, and the intellect.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 27, 2014
    20
    The problem with this hyper-verbal comedy is in the title.