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“Writer-director Justin Schwarz has crafted a smart, canny, and sweet (not cloyingly so) movie, full of grace notes and small surprises, all of it admirably underplayed by a first-rate cast… The Discoverers is Dunne’s best role since After Hours…certainly his most moving role.”
Vanity Fair

“An evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light. Mr. Dunne brings gravitas to [the] role… while Ms. Martin strikes a credible balance of prickliness and compassion”
– The New York Times Critic’s Pick

“In his debut feature, Justin Schwarz is clearly drawing from the same bag of tricks as many of his indie comedy predecessors, but he’s refining them. Even his wide, Wes Anderson-ian compositions have a purpose.”
The Village Voice

“’Little Miss Sunshine’ on foot… ‘The Discoverers’ showcases Dunne in a part he was born to play.”
– Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune

“Magic… The Discoverers reminds us why we need Griffin Dunne in our lives.”
– Hollywood.com

“Emotional and quite funny…The Discoverers is a fine little film that succeeds emotionally and comedically thanks to its dialogue and two lead performances… sharp script with laughs and heart… Add Griffin Dunne to the list of actors who should be in everything.”
– Film School Rejects

“Warmhearted… Schwarz’s feature debut benefits from an intelligent script and sympathetic lead performance by Griffin Dunne.”
– Hollywood Reporter

“Comedic gem… witty, biting and ultimately sweet.”
– OC Weekly

“Funny and heartbreaking… wonderfully quirky.”
– Winston Salem Journal

“A folksy version of The Descendants
– New York Daily News

“Funny, yet incredibly sad.”
– The Sun Sentinel

“This gem of a dark comedy is the very definition of the sweet little American indie.”
– Larry Richman 411

“Witty and warm… where Little Miss Sunshine meets the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial…The Discoverers offers a great many laughs for re-enactors of all periods.”
– Journal of the Early Americas

“A wholly unique and outright entertaining road trip film. Schwarz works a heart-warming — if occasionally dark and hilarious — sort of magic that ultimately tells a story perfectly in sync with the wonders of real life in a modern family.”
– Santa Barbara Independent

“Funny and heartfelt.”
– Lee Callahan, CBS Radio Seattle

“Tender and sweet”
– Philadelphia City Paper

“The Discoverers is a beautiful story about human weakness… Dunne shines. His Lewis is empathetic and he gives the story beautiful depth and subtlety… a remarkably engaging movie full of energetic performances that stay with you long after the movie has finished.”
– Red Carpet Crash

“Griffin Dunne shines in this funny and heartwarming film.”
– Victoria Advocate

“Enchanting”
– Cleveland.com

“Schwarz… giv[es] the film a buoyancy that’s reflected from the top down in Aaron Mirman’s score, the naturalistic beauty of Chris Blauvelt’s cinematography and the bounciness between a top-notch cast.”
– Moveable Fest

“Clever and quite funny”
– The Pitch

“Incredibly intelligent… It is the smartness of the writing that escalates The Discoverers above the recent barrage of familial reconciliation stories that have appeared in the wake of Little Miss Sunshine… Griffin Dunne’s astounding and I think Madeleine Martin matches him step-for-step… absolute perfection.”
– Smells Like Screen Spirit

“Griffin Dunne and Madeline Martin give instantly likable, enormously human performances. Dunne exudes the kind of rakish, world-weary spirit at which he excels… and Martin is perfectly cast as the daughter with an overdeveloped sense of sarcasm.”
– Grolsch Filmworks

“Griffin Dunne Shines…30 years after Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours,’’ Griffin Dunne plays a similarly frazzled — this time, middle-aged — character in Justin Schwarz’s impressive debut feature, which manages a fresh spin on the legion of indie comedy-dramas showcasing dysfunctional families… Very Funny.”
The New York Post

“Griffin Dunne is pitch-perfect.”
– Variety

“What distinguishes Dunne’s performance from those of other actors who have “gone sloppy”… is that it hurts more…. Touching… admirably restrained and intimate.”
– IndieWire

“Equal parts hilarious and heartwarming.”
– Portland Monthly Magazine

“A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy… The Discoverers is a touching, sentimental flick made just for folks who generally retch at touching, sentimental flicks.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Writer-director Justin Schwarz is the love child of Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne.”
– Saturday Night at the Movies

“Griffin Dunne is outstanding.”
– Seattle Times

“A heartfelt, nuanced performance… Dunne shines.”
– The Oregonian

“A bright, thoughtful indie comedy-drama. It’s great to see Griffin Dunne back onscreen in a tailor-made role.”
– Leonard Maltin

“Funny. Heartfelt…The most delightfully offbeat dysfunctional family road trip tale in recent memory…”
– Truth on Cinema

“Heartwarming and witty… Griffin Dunne hasn’t had a role this good in ages – and he makes the most of it.”
– Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

“Smart script and an endearing father-daughter relationship… Martin is a joy to watch… her comic timing is impeccable.”
– Paste Magazine

“The Discoverers has plenty of heart and laughs to tug at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone… Touching and hilarious… Characters so quirky and relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with them… I loved everything about this film.”
– The Film Yap

“A sweetly amusing tale of a dysfunctional modern family trying to work out its issues… [Dunne] is nicely bedraggled as Lewis and Martin stands out as the strong-willed but sensitive Zoe.”
– Screen Daily

“A generous-hearted little indie”
– Seattle Weekly

“Madeleine Martin demonstrates furtive indie-starlet potential”
– LA Weekly

“Dunne brings humorous exasperation to an art form.”
– Miami Herald

“A heartfelt, genuine look at the inescapable nature of families.”
– Dallas Culture Map

“Heartfelt… An endearing film that peels back the layers of family tension to get at the soul of what matters. A perfect cast, and balance of drama and humor makes this a must see.”
– Creative Spot Magazine

“The deft and funny touch of indie road hits Little Miss Sunshine and About Schmidt.”
– Willamette Week

“Part Little Miss Sunshine. Part City Island… ALL heart.”
– Best Geek Blog Ever

“Griffin Dunne’s best ever performance”
– Movie Reviews from The Dark

“Outstanding… Beautifully underplayed and alive in the small detours life never fails to offer.”
– Portland Radio Project

“The Discoverers is a delightful discovery… Freshly observed, highly original… abundant humor and pathos… Dunne gives his lived-in protagonist an endearing, sad-sack charm… while Martin’s dry, deadpan delivery of her witty, compassionately cynical lines as the vegan feminist truth-teller seems to announce the arrival of a wonderfully idiosyncratic comic player…both [are] superb.”
Bill Wine, CBS Radio Philadelphia


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Vanity Fair talks with Griffin Dunne about how his father inspired his work in The Discoverers.

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Griffin Dunne tells the LA Times about how he rediscovered acting in The Discoverers.

Go behind the scenes with The Discoverers director Justin Schwarz in Backstage

The Oregonian talks to Griffin Dunne about how his father Dominick inspired his The Discoverers performance.

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Griffin Dunne Gets a History Lesson in The Discoverers when he talks with The Miami Herald.

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Griffin Dunne talks Madonna and The Discoverers with Metro.

Philadelphia News uncovers The Discoverers local roots.

Writer/director Justin Schwarz talks about The Discoverers inspiration.

Griffin Dunne talks with Smashing Interviews about The Discoverers.

Writer/director Justin Schwarz talks Stephen Saito about bringing The Discoverers to life.

Read The Santa Barbara Independent’s interview with The Discoverers director Justin Schwarz.

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Griffin Dunne & Justin Schwarz discuss The Discoverers’ Oregon history.

Radio / TV

KPCC Radio’s Take Two talks Griffin Dunne about The Discoverers.

Writer/director Justin Schwarz and Griffin Dunne talk with Film Wax Radio about The Discoverers.

Griffin Dunne visits The Marvel Podcast to talk superheroes and The Discoverers.

Watch Griffin Dunne talk The Discoverers on Fox News.

Watch Griffin Dunne, Devon Graye, and Justin Schwarz in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s Justin Lowe.

Watch Griffin Dunne talk about The Discoverers on Hulu.

Griffin Dunne visits The Rotten Tomatoes Podcast to talk about The Discoverers.

Watch Griffin Dunne and Justin Schwarz talk with The Huffington Post about The Discoverers.

Listen to Griffin Dunne wax The Discoverers The Portland Radio Project.

Griffin Dunne visits The Dinner Party Download to discuss The Discoverers.

Watch Griffin Dunne visit the Fox LA Studio to discuss The Discoverers.

Writer/director Justin Schwarz talks with CBS Seattle about The Discoverers.

Watch Griffin Dunne talk with I Am Rogue about The Discoverers.

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Griffin Dunne visits The Associated Press Studios.

Griffin Dunne talks The Discoverers on Unplugged and Uncut.