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Undiscovered (2005)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 9,299


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, … More

PG-13 (for sexual material including dialogue, partial nudity, language and drug content)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
John Galt
In Theaters:
Dec 26, 2005
Box Office:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Undiscovered

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

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

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It isn't bad enough to be good.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

An enjoyably cheesy teen melodrama with a touch of indie edge.

Full Review… | September 3, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Undiscovered has about as much emotional depth and romantic sensibility as an episode of a Simpson sister MTV reality show.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
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].

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Toledo Blade

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Baltimore City Paper

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

This thing makes Glitter look like gold.

Full Review… | December 21, 2005

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

Full Review… | September 21, 2005

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2005
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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2005
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
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.

Emily Armstrong

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.

Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie!!!!

Yinalí Ríos

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.

Laurence Collin

Super Reviewer

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