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The Discoverers Reviews

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Deborah Kennedy
Willamette Week
September 10, 2014
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.
Dan Lybarger
Pitch.com
September 9, 2014
The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny.
Robert W. Butler
Butler's Cinema Scene
September 9, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 31, 2014
A minor discovery, but a diverting one...a low-key, unassuming but pleasant family road dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 4, 2014
"Little Miss Sunshine" lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 27, 2014
A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
June 24, 2014
T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 19, 2014
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 ...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Baker
Oregonian
June 19, 2014
It's to Schwartz's credit that Dunne and the other actors bring new life to a familiar story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2014
Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid.
Eric D. Snider
About.com
May 26, 2014
A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
May 21, 2014
A smart script and an endearing father-daughter relationship between veteran actor Griffin Dunne and Madeleine Martin save it from becoming too formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 19, 2014
It's small in scale but well worth seeing, especially if (like me) you've missed seeing Griffin Dunne.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 16, 2014
The Discoverers is a fine little film that succeeds emotionally and comedically thanks to its dialogue and two lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times
May 15, 2014
"The Discoverers" counters its many contrivances with relaxed pacing and an evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light.
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Graham Fuller
New York Daily News
May 15, 2014
The unusually grizzled Dunne excels. Sadly, the movie is marred by tepid, often crass comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 15, 2014
Writer-director Schwarz has a lot of fun with this nutty premise. And more important, the twisted dynamics of this particular family ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Hoffman
The Dissolve
May 14, 2014
This walk of discovery gets lost in the woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Heather Baysa
Village Voice
May 13, 2014
Schwarz is clearly drawing from the same bag of tricks as many of his indie comedy predecessors, but he's refining them. Even his wide, Wes Anderson-ian compositions have a purpose.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 13, 2014
Griffin Dunne, an under-appreciated actor, hasn't had a role this good in ages - and he makes the most of it.
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