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Diggers (2007)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 17

Though the plot may be familiar, Diggers is just pleasant, charming, and heartwarming enough to make it worth your while.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

Though the plot may be familiar, Diggers is just pleasant, charming, and heartwarming enough to make it worth your while.



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A coming-of-age story about four working-class friends growing up in Long Island, New York, as clam diggers. Their fathers were clam diggers as well as their grandfathers before them.



Ken Marino

May 1, 2007

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (17) | DVD (11)

Fresh as today's catch and about as tasty.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I can't recommend this movie enough.

April 30, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Smart and sensitive.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The larky spirit of camaraderie lingers long after the haze of the film's many passed joints dissipates.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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There are many pleasures to be found in Diggers, and you don't even have to dig for them.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Director] Dieckmann fails to stage scenes in a compelling manner. Diggers bumps along from trauma to trauma like a clam-digging boat on choppy waters.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Diggers is all shell and no neck and belly.

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source:

A very detailed portrait of a time and place that is about to change forever. This is a Long Island of 1976 in someone's memory, like a faded Polaroid in an old shoebox.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

Intimate '70s indie drama won't interest kids.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It is wholly Good. A pity that it doesn't have any real desire to be Great.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The subdued tale is light on plot but heavy on characterization, and the result is a likable effort that benefits greatly from its agreeable cast.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It's okay, but not something that I would dig around for.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's rather harmless, and it does have it's moments.

May 14, 2007
Greenwich Village Gazette

A sweet and charming throwback to the ensemble dramas that fueled the cinema of the 1970s and 80s

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

A rather drab dramedy that, despite the title and some very real virtues, doesn't really dig deep or true enough.

May 1, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Digger culture in a moody group portrait that could just as easily have been called Diggaz, it evokes a heady blend of the pungent scent of surf and stinging wind of disappointed dreams.

April 29, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

When you reach the end of the film, you may find yourself wondering whether these minor pleasures amount to anything more substantial and the sad reality is that they really don't.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

As befits a heartfelt ode to working-class values, Diggers puts in lots of hard, honest work that finally pays off in a wholly predictable yet unexpectedly moving conclusion.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

[Manny Lewis] and the rest of an endearing ensemble populate a film that, like their lives, progresses leisurely with a graceful balance of humor and melancholy.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

No doubt there was hope for a manlier, brinier My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But that had better food -- and better jokes.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Diggers

Cast: Paul Rudd, Maura Tierney, Lauren Ambrose, Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton, Ken Marino, Sarah Paulson

Director: Katherine Dieckmann

Summary: A coming-of-age story about a group of friends who reluctantly follow in their families' footsteps and face what they deem a bleak existence as clam diggers on Long Island. Directed by Katherine Dieckmann, this touching dramedy follows the companions as they struggle to cope with their predestined futures while dreaming of better lives.

My Thoughts: "Talented cast, great acting, and a good script, makes this Indie film one to see. The story is about friendship, family, and change. The film has relatively and likeable character's. It's also funny, but at times a bit slow. But I enjoyed the characters. I found them to be realistic and full of heart. In this film Paul Rudd plays a more serious role, and it was a nice change from all his more comedic roles. I thought he was great. I also thought Ken Marino gave a great performance as well. I thought it was a great Indie flick."
November 11, 2010

Super Reviewer

Solid performances all around in this hidden gem.
August 2, 2010

Super Reviewer

A little slow paced but an overall decent movie.
November 28, 2008

Super Reviewer

Paul Rudd....slummin'.
July 29, 2007

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