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The Discoverers (2014)

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88

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 3

The Discoverers is occasionally guilty of contrived silliness, but its humor and genuine warmth are more than enough to compensate for its modest shortcomings.

78

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

The Discoverers is occasionally guilty of contrived silliness, but its humor and genuine warmth are more than enough to compensate for its modest shortcomings.

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Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids - Zoe (Madeleine Martin, "Californication") and Jack (Devon Graye, "American Horror Stories") - on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis's estranged father Stanley (Emmy Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3)

A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family ...

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Schwarz can't make enough out of that goofy notion - visually or narratively - to get a comic steam going. But there are sidebar pleasures to be found ...

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"The Discoverers" counters its many contrivances with relaxed pacing and an evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The unusually grizzled Dunne excels. Sadly, the movie is marred by tepid, often crass comedy.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Writer-director Schwarz has a lot of fun with this nutty premise. And more important, the twisted dynamics of this particular family ring true.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The Discoverers has, at least for the first half, the deft and funny touch of indie road hits Little Miss Sunshine and About Schmidt. Once in the woods, however, it takes a sharp left onto the beaten path.

September 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny.

September 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Pitch.com
Pitch.com

There's nothing earth shaking going on here, and on occasion the proceedings deteriorate into pure silliness. But The Discoverers is gorgeous to look at, and the cast is astoundingly deep.

September 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Butler's Cinema Scene
Butler's Cinema Scene

A minor discovery, but a diverting one...a low-key, unassuming but pleasant family road dramedy.

August 31, 2014 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

"Little Miss Sunshine" lite.

August 4, 2014 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

It's to Schwartz's credit that Dunne and the other actors bring new life to a familiar story.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies.

May 26, 2014 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

A smart script and an endearing father-daughter relationship between veteran actor Griffin Dunne and Madeleine Martin save it from becoming too formulaic.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It's small in scale but well worth seeing, especially if (like me) you've missed seeing Griffin Dunne.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

The Discoverers is a fine little film that succeeds emotionally and comedically thanks to its dialogue and two lead performances.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

This walk of discovery gets lost in the woods.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Griffin Dunne, an under-appreciated actor, hasn't had a role this good in ages - and he makes the most of it.

May 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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