Donor Unknown
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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 physical and emotional traits. JoEllen met even more of her half-siblings when a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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 [UK]
"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 [UK]
"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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