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"Donor Unknown" follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, 20, as she searches for the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. JoEllen grew up in Pennsylvania with two mothers, and a burning curiosity to know more about her anonymous donor father. When JoEllen discovers a unique online registry that connects donor-conceived children, she manages to track down a half-sister in New York. "The New York Times" picks up the story, which falls into the hands of Jeffrey Harrison, living alone with four dogs and a pigeon in a broken-down RV in a Venice Beach car park. In the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Surprising, amusing and oddly melancholic: a genuine human drama."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"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."
‑ Tony Peters, Radio Times
"It may be frustratingly uncommitted in its ending but it's a genuinely engaging journey."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"[A]s cheery and bittersweet and lovely-melancholy as can be..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"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."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Donor Unknown is a skilfully constructed look at a very modern family."
‑ Andrew Lowry, Total Film
"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."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Only in America, you're bound to say after watching Donor Unknown, but it's worth a look all the same."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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