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Blunt Talk - (S01E03)


Walter is forced by the court to attend AA meetings while his staff entertain themselves in strange ways over the weekend.

Episode Title: All My Relationships End in Pain
Airs: 2015-9-5 at 09:00 pm
  • Ben Travers

    It's quite a combination of ideas, and what holds them together is the author's distinct, compelling voice, alongside Stewart's utter magnetism.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Blunt Talk’s overall absurdity at times over-reaches and grabs viewers too hard by the throat. Still, its excesses are offset by enough inspired lunacy to carry the day.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • John Teti

    The show makes admirable attempts to build out the world beyond Blunt, and the effort yields some dividends.... But most of the time, Stewart is on screen, so most of the time, it’s hard to stop watching.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    There is a tenderness that runs through the series and makes the trip worth taking, however improbable the road.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ned Ehrbar

    Stewart and Scarborough make Blunt Talk worth watching, as they’re an offbeat co-dependent pair who clearly have great affection and respect for each other, and watching Stewart embrace Walter’s often loony behavior is a treat.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It helps a lot that [Blunt] is played by Patrick Stewart, who brings theatrical majesty to a man who quite sincerely believes words can change the world for the better.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Strange, off-the-wall, and even slightly mad.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Created by Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death), Blunt Talk’s media satire is by turns sly and stale. Blunt isn’t a convincing anchorman avatar, though he works as a metaphor for pampered celebrity. The show begins to find itself as an inspired comedy about redemption in a post-self-help, post-hot-mess culture in the third episode.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Pilot episode aside, Ames doesn’t skimp on the inventively outlandish absurdity. But it’s the simmering, slowly bared pathos--the sense that these clownish people are constantly trying and failing to suppress something all-too-human about themselves--that distinguishes it from the cringe-comedy crop.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Cody Ray Shafer

    Where Stewart is the show's greatest strength, there is very little else to grasp onto. The situations are good for a few awkward giggles, but ultimately Blunt Talk misses the mark on the bigger picture.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Blunt Talk is as wildly uneven as it is occasionally brilliant.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Blunt Talk is a muddled but sometimes endearingly dirty comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    [Blunt Talk] is dull, depressing, charm-free, puerile and pointless. You’ll have more fun slapping yourself in the head with a spoon for a half-hour.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Stewart's unbelievable warmth helps, but it's not quite enough to anchor the show. His character is too scattershot.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    As the writing on Blunt Talk bounces between inspired insanity and stupidity, Stewart remains enjoyable. With his authoritative chewing of scenery, he rises far above the show’s unevenness and overcrowded flock of supporting characters.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    [Patrick Stewart is] a fantastic sport about the silly things asked of him, but that just makes it more of a shame that the show's writing doesn't do better by him.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Scarborough and some of the guest stars (Gelman, Sharon Lawrence, Moby) make Blunt Talk better than its scripts. The problem is that as good as Stewart is, Walter Blunt wears out his welcome, and you can effectively counterbalance that with guest stars only so often.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    It is an amusing showcase for Mr. Stewart and for Adrian Scarborough of “Gavin & Stacey” as Blunt’s valet and chief enabler.... But there’s not much else going on--the satire is soft and scattershot, and the elements of farce and physical comedy are routine.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Stewart gives a terrific performance, gliding through a song-and-dance fantasy in the second episode, and, throughout, delivering his lines with astutely timed gusto. It’s too bad the lines aren’t funny.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Walter’s colleagues are just as depraved as he is, but their issues feel forced, more about crass, envelope-pushing jokes than character development. Stewart dives into his role with admirable gusto, but the show around him isn’t worthy of his talents.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The premiere starts with a rambunctious energy that temporarily promotes a sense of good will.... But from there, the series--which Ames produced with the seemingly ubiquitous Seth MacFarlane--pretty rapidly disintegrates, relying too heavily on Stewart’s madcap antics and an assortment of not particularly distinctive supporting players.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    To be blunt, Starz’s Blunt Talk is spectacularly unfunny.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Blunt Talk aspires to "Network's" kinetically brilliant madness. It arrives a limp and muddled mess.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    What's missing from Blunt Talk is any degree of wit, any genuine character development, any sense of comic structure that delights, rather than depresses, the viewer. What should be winning leaves you wincing.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Perversely unpleasant workplace comedy. [10-23 Aug 2015, p.12]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review

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