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  • Summary: Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids – Zoe (Madeleine Martin) and Jack (Devon Graye) – on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis’s estranged father Stanley (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 west. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    May 15, 2014
    80
    Mr. Schwarz falters with his ending, which feels overly tidy. Still, it’s not the destination; it’s the journey.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Osterer
    May 11, 2014
    75
    It pushes itself beyond shrill predictability in its willingness to indict the public and familial histories at its core.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 15, 2014
    75
    Writer-director Schwarz has a lot of fun with this nutty premise. And more important, the twisted dynamics of this particular family ring true.
  4. 63
    The Discoverers showcases Dunne in a part he was born to play.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 11, 2014
    60
    Schwarz lacks the writing chops to adequately embed the character’s predictable learning curve into a richer narrative fabric, but Dunne’s perf is pitch-perfect.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 29, 2014
    50
    Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 15, 2014
    40
    The specifics of the journey get all the attention, while the fundamental conflicts remain not just unoriginal, but alarmingly nonexistent.

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