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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.
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.
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.
Fresh: Not all of Fisher's debut feature works, but when it does the results are lacerating, hilarious, and surprisingly forgiving.
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.
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.