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The Discovery looks fascinating on paper, but in spite of its thought-provoking premise and starry ensemble, it's a disappointing case of untapped potential. Read critic reviews

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In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among them is Dr. Harbor's son Will, who has arrived at his father's isolated compound with a mysterious young woman named Isla. There, they discover the strange acolytes who help Dr. Harbor with his experiments.

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  • The Discovery is a film which poses far too many questions, but with no heart to search for the answers.

    April 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • More interested in metaphysical ponderings and so-called 'human truths' than in telling a convincing story.

    April 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Discovery poses a fascinating existential question to its audience, but doesn't quite manage to fill in a plot around it.

    March 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Please. Get there in time for the first five minutes. And budget a lot more time than that for the after-movie discussion.

    March 31, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • McDowell, who co-wrote the script with Justin Lader, had an intriguing what-if idea. But it feels like they never figured out what to do with it.

    March 31, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The entire thing feels like it's happening underwater, sound distorted, movements impeded. A lot happens, but without any urgency inspiring it.

    March 31, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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