Everything is Illuminated Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
What begins in quirks and idiosyncrasy moves into a dark place where profound sadness and profound closure co-exist side by side.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Reed
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 20, 2006
...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 | Original Score: 6/10
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
March 19, 2006
First-time director Liev Schreiber proves himself up to the task of conveying comedy and drama with equal aplomb.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 17, 2006
It's risky material for a first-time director... But Schreiber's involving screenplay and his remarkably assured handling of the material somehow brings it all together into an effective, charmingly offbeat whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 28, 2005
Una Vida Iluminada ya es suficiente carta de presentación como para esperar más del Liev Schreiber director que del actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
...a thoroughly enjoyable, not entirely predictable sentimental comedy/drama...
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 6, 2005
It's also a generous performance, because Wood literally takes a backseat to Hutz's movie-stealing turn as the language-mangling Alex, whose English is 'not so premium'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
December 6, 2005
Poignant, pensive and profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 21, 2005
A estréia de Schreiber na direção é tematicamente ambiciosa e merece aplausos.
| Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 20, 2005
Pardon my obtuse thinking, but I want to draw a line between this wonderful, bitter sweet film and Little Fish, the much acclaimed Australian film. Both film deal with the presence of the past in our lives; indeed, Everything Is Illuminated (by the past)
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 12, 2005
This is a film with a wide range of emotions. It is a film with some laughter and some very affecting moments. It may be a flawed film, but parts are really excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 9, 2005
A strange film that starts out as one thing and transforms into something quite different before it's done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
November 2, 2005
The film remains mildly worthwhile simply due to its utter weird, sometimes beautiful construction, it adds nothing to the canon of Holocaust films or Jewish themed films
Full Review | Original Score: '1.'5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2005
Schreiber's movie tends to trivialize the novel, not only by abridging the story ... but by subverting Foer's larger point of universal complicity in atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jesse Paddock
culturevulture.net
October 25, 2005
Severely hampered by a screenplay that waters down much of the book's power, but the blow isn't lethal
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 22, 2005
(Alex) Hutz can't get back on screen soon enough if you ask me. He displays enormous range for a first-time actor.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 22, 2005
Nevertheless, Everything Is Illuminated has a haunting afterglow, one that neither satisfies nor illuminates, but at least keeps the flame alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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