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Undiscovered (2005)

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8

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 66

Undiscovered, a film about aspiring actresses and musicians, lacks originality and a convincing plot.

15

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 23

Undiscovered, a film about aspiring actresses and musicians, lacks originality and a convincing plot.

audience

48

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 9,296

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Movie Info

Two talented young people head to California looking for fame, but find love along the way in this romantic drama. Luke (Steven Strait) is a struggling rock musician who has decided to leave New York City for the seemingly greener pastures of Los Angeles. A few days before he leaves, he spots a beautiful girl on the subway who gives him a big smile, giving him brief second thoughts. However, Luke heads out to L.A. anyway, and after months of scuffling lands a gig -- and sees the beautiful girl,

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

John Galt

Dec 26, 2005

$1.0M

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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (66) | DVD (6)

It may be a cheesy lark, but life bubbles through the cheese.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It isn't bad enough to be good.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Undiscovered feels more like a pilot for a glossy nighttime soap on Fox -- probably one that would be canceled midseason -- than a feature film with even a modicum of discernible originality or depth.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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Undiscovered would like to think of itself as a gritty, documentary-style indie about hopefuls on the fringes of the industry, but it's more like one of those lame hair-metal bands that went out and bought flannel shirts after Nirvana hit it big.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Although it's all but forgotten before the fade-out, you don't rush to turn it off, either.

September 3, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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An enjoyably cheesy teen melodrama with a touch of indie edge.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Undiscovered has about as much emotional depth and romantic sensibility as an episode of a Simpson sister MTV reality show.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

There is not a single moment in the undistinguished Undiscovered that will do for [Pell] James what those couple of compassionate, moving minutes do in Jim Jarmusch's [Broken Flowers].

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Prolific music-video director Meiert Avis is making his feature film directorial debut with Undiscovered -- and his obvious greenness shows.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

How bad is it? Ashlee Simpson has a supporting role in it and her singing isn't the worst thing about it.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Undiscovered is a lifeless affair, as disinterested in its own characters as moviegoers are likely to be.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore City Paper

Some movies just deserve to be tucked away into obscurity. This is one of those movies.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's all very tacky, overheated and derivative, like Los Angeles itself.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This thing makes Glitter look like gold.

December 21, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

A nice portrayal by Ashlee of a wanna-be rocker, in a music story in L.A. without drugs!

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Ashlee's better at acting and singing than her more famous sister Jessica, but that's no great feat; might as well add that she'd make a better brain surgeon, too.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The script is every bit as literate as the content you'd find a back issue of "Blender," with just as much eye candy to bolster the thin material. Too bad this candy is sour.

September 9, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Simpson steals the show -- which, admittedly, isn't saying much considering her stiffest competition comes by way of a skateboarding bulldog.

September 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

For a jerky, cliché-riddled yarn about the evils of fame, Undiscovered has enough sensitivity, wit, and inadvertent guffaws to rise above its lame underpinnings.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Avis layers every sequence with pop singles and confuses poor camera focus and colored lighting for aesthetic flair.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Undiscovered

I didn't expect much going in, but this movie was not too bad. It just didn't work as a comedy, and I know exactly why: the music. The soulful, easy listening rock was so wildly inappropriate and just killed the funny. There were some really good comedic performances, most notably from Strait and Pardue, that would have been hilarious under better music. They should have gotten the dude who did Arrested Development's music to score this. Once I realized the defect, I actually liked this movie. It really did get good near the end. The Ashlee Simpson factor kind of sabotaged this, but it's not unsalvageable. This flick is really not too bad.
July 15, 2007
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

I liked the songs and I especially liked the scene with the bulldog skateboarding, hehe. This was an ok movie about 2 aspiring artist trying to make it in the entertainment industry.
January 23, 2011
Naughtia
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie!!!!
November 17, 2007
Yinali

Super Reviewer

Tacky and criminally uninspired, Undiscovered tries to sing about authenticity and the will to ''keep on keepin' on'', but reveals itself to be completely manufactured. Every plot device can be seen coming from a mile away, and the dialogue's 'spiky' touches feels dreadfully superficial, particularly when it's spat out by model-looking actors that give their strict minimum at the service of stereotypical roles. If you think real life is like this, well, lap it up, but if you like your films with something called a personality, avoid this at all costs.

But Ashlee Simpson, while I would never call her an 'actress', is not bad. Seriously.
April 27, 2008
liquidstone14

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