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Don Verdean

Drama . Adventure . Comedy

Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean is hired by a local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. But after a fruitless expedition he is forced to get creative in this comedy of faith and fraud.

Actors: Sky Elobar , Steve Park , Leslie Bibb , Will Forte , Danny McBride , Amy Ryan , Jemaine Clement , Sam Rockwell
Directors: Jared Hess
Country: USA
Release: 2015-12-11
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  • A.O. Scott

    Its intentions are, to some degree, corrective: It mocks some of the popular corruptions of faith so as to invite the audience to reflect upon what real faith might be.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    It’s an enjoyable ride, but probably not one you need to take twice.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    This is ninety minutes of comic actors having a genial go at middle-of-the-road material. It doesn’t have any guts, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t funny.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    There’s a sense that the goings-on are more quirky than comical.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    The expected satire of religious gullibility and charlatanism proves toothless; worse, a cast of very funny people is given very little funny to do.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Both Rockwell and Clement are back for the latest Hess production, Don Verdean, which can’t even work up enough comic energy to be considered bad.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    While the corrupt Indiana Jones conceit certainly held promise, the Hesses fail to move it much further beyond that "what if" premise, taking weak, obvious potshots at its fundamentalist target.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    I kept thinking one thing during most of Don Verdean: What would Christopher Guest do with his company of ace ad-libbers with such material? And the answer suddenly came to me — probably toss it in the trash and start all over again. Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    If the film is any indication, Jared and Jerusha Hess remain committed to clotting up the screen with ostensibly charming "eccentricity."

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The religious charlatans who are the primary characters in Don Verdean are ripe for comic deflation, but the film’s unsteady tone has no discernible target.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A little of this corn goes a long way.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Rockwell is charmless in a role that seems to be written that way.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    Don Verdean is the sort of comedy which presumes its own hilarity long before it gets around to telling any actual jokes, or staging anything that might otherwise be considered funny.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
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