The Discoverers
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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 trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis's estranged father Stanley (Emmy Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family ..."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
""The Discoverers" counters its many contrivances with relaxed pacing and an evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving."
‑ Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly
"A smart script and an endearing father-daughter relationship between veteran actor Griffin Dunne and Madeleine Martin save it from becoming too formulaic."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
"This walk of discovery gets lost in the woods."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, The Dissolve
"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 ..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The unusually grizzled Dunne excels. Sadly, the movie is marred by tepid, often crass comedy."
‑ Graham Fuller, New York Daily News
"It's to Schwartz's credit that Dunne and the other actors bring new life to a familiar story."
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"It's small in scale but well worth seeing, especially if (like me) you've missed seeing Griffin Dunne."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"Griffin Dunne, an under-appreciated actor, hasn't had a role this good in ages - and he makes the most of it."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Writer-director Schwarz has a lot of fun with this nutty premise. And more important, the twisted dynamics of this particular family ring true."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The Discoverers is a fine little film that succeeds emotionally and comedically thanks to its dialogue and two lead performances."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
"The Discoverers gets lost in woods of indie land at times, with a few of its asides feeling arbitrary and reaching jokes, but Schwarz assembled the perfect cast to tell his story."
‑ Matt Patches,
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