Everything is Illuminated (2005)



Critic Consensus: Although it excises much from its famously dense source material, Everything is Illuminated is a quirky, ambitious debut film from Liev Schreiber.

Movie Info

Tale of a young man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. What starts out as a journey to piece together one family's story under the most absurd circumstances turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey with a powerful series of revelations -- the importance of remembrance, the perilous nature of secrets, the legacy of the Holocaust, the meaning of friendship and, most importantly, love.

Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Liev Schreiber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
Box Office: $1.6M
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Everything is Illuminated

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (39)

The lamentable influence of Dave Eggers' oh-so-precious post modern literary devices from "A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius" (2000) are glued all over a bullet proof piece of magical realism...

Full Review… | April 15, 2009

What begins in quirks and idiosyncrasy moves into a dark place where profound sadness and profound closure co-exist side by side.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

while the film, concerned as it is with the brotherhood of man, is undoubtedly humanist in its philosophy, there are enough shades of grey to cast long shadows over its apparently sunny outlook.

Full Review… | July 4, 2007
Eye for Film

It is a film that doesn't want us to forget. Or perhaps it is a film that wants a new generation to remember a past which profoundly shapes its present.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

...for all its importance as a message picture and for all the subtlety of its filmmaking, the movie never quite feels like it has as much to say as it thinks it does.

Full Review… | March 20, 2006
Movie Metropolis

First-time director Liev Schreiber proves himself up to the task of conveying comedy and drama with equal aplomb.

Full Review… | March 19, 2006
Buzzine Magazine

Audience Reviews for Everything is Illuminated

Broad ethnic humor and mawkish sentiment supposedly held together by Woods' blank expression and very meaningful fades to white.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


An unusual film - part comedy, part drama. Elijah Wood plays a young man who travels to the Ukraine to remember what he could about his Jewish grandfather's escape from the Nazis in WW2. He gets more than he bargained for.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

A Ukrainian road trip of self discovery begins when a man decides to unravel the family secret that breaks his dying grandmother's heart ... giving us the best (and maybe the only) living with the Holocaust in the third generation story ever. You'll laugh, you'll cry.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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