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Undiscovered Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
It may be a cheesy lark, but life bubbles through the cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
It isn't bad enough to be good.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 6, 2007
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 3, 2005
Although it's all but forgotten before the fade-out, you don't rush to turn it off, either.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 2005
An enjoyably cheesy teen melodrama with a touch of indie edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
September 1, 2005
Director Meiert Avis is a veteran helmer of music videos, so while it is not entirely surprising that he has no feel for character or structure, it is strange that he doesn't breathe much life into the frequent musical performances and montages either.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 31, 2005
Like, sigh!
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nona Willis-Aronowitz
Village Voice
August 30, 2005
A PG-13 dramedy set in L.A. about some attractive, way-too-earnest aspiring stars has the potential to be a delectable good-bad favorite, but Undiscovered is nowhere near the guilty pleasure it could have been.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 26, 2005
Comedy, romance and rock performance are spliced into a curious mediocrity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 26, 2005
Undiscovered just may be the dumbest movie of 2005.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 26, 2005
Undiscovered is for teens who haven't had their dreams of becoming models and rockers crushed out of them yet. It isn't a really good movie, but there's real talent in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 26, 2005
It's contrived, cutesy and quickly tiresome.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 26, 2005
Undiscovered is a film about a great songwriter, and it contains horrible songwriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 26, 2005
When Hollywood suits conduct their autopsy on what went wrong at the box office this summer, they may wish to exhume the corpse of Undiscovered for a closer inspection. If they can stand the stench.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 26, 2005
As a cautionary drama on the price of fame, Undiscovered could not tread on more exhaustively discovered territory, and the result is a reel-by-reel trail of cliches.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 26, 2005
Tyson, a brown and white English bulldog, has his own Web site, which offers clips of the eager fireplug flying down the street on his skateboard. In other words, you don't have to endure this dreadful movie to see him in action.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2005
This is a movie in which we're expected to buy Ashlee Simpson as a singer on the threshold of becoming a major star. That's an idea so ridiculous it could never happen in fiction, only in real life.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 26, 2005
All this silliness swirls around for about an hour and a half and then you get to leave the theater. Unless you're being held there at gunpoint. And really, that's about the only excuse for being in a theater watching this thing in the first place.
| Original Score: D
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 26, 2005
Incidentally, Simpson is pretty good, playing Luke and Briar's spunky pal. But her inoffensive goodness is a symptom of the movie's relentless homogeneity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 25, 2005
Strangely for a film about music, Undiscovered lacks any spark or energy. Originality also is out of the question; after all, this is a movie that climaxes with one love-struck character racing after another at an airport.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2005
Should have no trouble living up to its title at the boxoffice.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2005
Undiscovered is the kind of elliptical romance in which any scenes of substance (say, where the lovebirds get to know one another or have an actual conversation) have been omitted to clear space for the music video montages.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 25, 2005
Set in Los Angeles among a group of young people who dream of becoming famous, Undiscovered carries more than a whiff of the self-referential.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2005
A movie about artistic authenticity in search of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 25, 2005
Tailored for the readership of Teen People magazine and about as thought-provoking as the average 500-word celebrity profile.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 25, 2005
Here, unplugged, unremorseful and unfathomably bad, is Undiscovered, a 'romantic comedy with a big heart' (that's publicity-speak) and a very small brain.
| Original Score: 1/4