Blumenthal

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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 wifeCelebrated 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. Expand

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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.

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