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Blumenthal (2014)

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33

Average Rating: 2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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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. (c) Official Site

Unrated,

Comedy

Seth Fisher

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Fisher is a fine actor, but his movie is entirely derivative.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Not all of Fisher's debut feature works, but when it does the results are lacerating, hilarious, and surprisingly forgiving.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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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.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Let's see what Fisher does next.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Fisher's filmmaking, aside from a couple scenes ... that are nicely composed in long-take two-shots, is too consistently flat to make the material spark.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Though a missed opportunity, Blumenthal contains bits and pieces to savor.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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