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Illuminata (1998)

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38

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Actor John Turturro, who made his directorial debut with the Cannes Camera d'Or winner Mac (1992), returned to directing with this period farce about a struggling, turn-of-the-century New York repertory company owned by Astergourd (Beverly D'Angelo) and Pallenchio (Donal McCann). Egotistical playwright Tuccio (Turturro) has written a new play, Illuminata, for the troupe's actress-manager Rachel (Katherine Borowitz), daughter of aging actor Flavio (Ben Gazzara), who's lost his memory. Tuccio

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Brandon Cole, John Turturro

Jan 18, 2000

Overseas Filmgroup

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (15) | DVD (2)

Clearly a labor of love, this sophomore effort from Turturro (a better actor than helmer), about fables and foibles of a tightly knit acting troup at turn of the century New York, is structurally messy and unevenly acted; a step fown from his debut Mac

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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With a streamlined script--and a resulting clearer focus--Illuminata could have been a lot more than what it is

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Charming, but finally strangely unsatisfying.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This clever comedy probes the fascinating intersection of love and creativity.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The movie takes on more than it can handle, but the cast is strong and there are a number of lovely and funny moments to savor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Turturro overdirects his players with an athletic intensity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

I can't see a general audience taking to this strictly for the theater crowd film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Illuminata

Amazing directing from Turturro and amazing cast (especially Christopher Walken)!
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