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Donor Unknown

Donor Unknown (2010)

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JoEllen Marsh was seven years old when she learned the truth about her biological father -- her mother had gone to a sperm bank in order to have a child, and JoEllen's "dad" was known simply as "Donor 150," a tall man with blonde hair and blue eyes. As time passed, JoEllen wondered if Donor 150 fathered any other children through sperm donation, and through an on-line research database she got to know a handful of other young adults who shared the same DNA and a surprising number of both

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

Surprising, amusing and oddly melancholic: a genuine human drama.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[A]s cheery and bittersweet and lovely-melancholy as can be...

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

My advice: re-rent The Kids Are All Right, where sperm-donor paternity (played by Mark Ruffalo) gets the rueful, witty, mischievous-seriocomical treatment it should.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The best feature film on the subject is Lisa Cholodenko's funny and touching The Kids Are All Right. Jerry Rothwell's engaging documentary delivers the real-life thing.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The scenes in which JoEllen meets her growing collection of half-sisters and half-brothers are among the most emotional in a sweet but slight documentary.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Only in America, you're bound to say after watching Donor Unknown, but it's worth a look all the same.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

What emerges is a moving, very human story about the search for belonging, as much as the need to make a child's own identity complete.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's a nice film, though I felt that there might be a deeper, more complex story to tell about the siblings' relations with each other and Harrison's own life-history.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Heart-warming, mind-boggling and hugely entertaining, this is a superbly directed documentary that's by turns thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It may be frustratingly uncommitted in its ending but it's a genuinely engaging journey.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Donor Unknown is a skilfully constructed look at a very modern family.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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