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Seth Fisher

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About the Movie

When celebrated New York playwright Harold Blumenthal dies while laughing at his own joke, his estranged and dysfunctional family members are forced to come to terms with the years of individual and familial issues now publicly – and rather permanently – catalogued within his life's work.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Mar 27, 2014

Rotten: 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. – Scott Foundas, Variety, Mar 28, 2014

Rotten: 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. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Mar 25, 2014

Fresh: Not all of Fisher's debut feature works, but when it does the results are lacerating, hilarious, and surprisingly forgiving. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Mar 31, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Solid movie

It has that Woody Allen feel without having to watch Woody Allen. Awesome cast, beautiful photography, great story.

Fresh, witty and engaging

Loved this film! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a Woody Allen fan. The writing and acting is superb - lots of hilarious dialogue that left me laughing out loud, yet balanced by poignant, relatable real-life moments. Five stars.

Must see!

Great indie movie that finally nailed all the key ingredients: fantastic writing with quick-witted humor, awesome cast with new and familiar faces, cinematography/production value that looks like a million bucks, and a score that had me scouring the credits for album info. Breath of fresh air.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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