The Discoverers
The Discoverers (2014)

Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids - Zoe (Madeleine Martin, "Californication") and Jack (Devon Graye, "American Horror Stories") - on a road… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Discoverers is occasionally guilty of contrived silliness, but its humor and genuine warmth are more than enough to compensate for its modest shortcomings.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family ...

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

"The Discoverers" counters its many contrivances with relaxed pacing and an evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light.

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Deborah Kennedy
Willamette Week

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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 ...

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Graham Fuller
New York Daily News

The unusually grizzled Dunne excels. Sadly, the movie is marred by tepid, often crass comedy.

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Dan Lybarger
Pitch.com

The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Writer-director Schwarz has a lot of fun with this nutty premise. And more important, the twisted dynamics of this particular family ring true.

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Robert W. Butler
Butler's Cinema Scene

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.

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