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Everything is Illuminated Reviews

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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-
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 19, 2006
First-time director Liev Schreiber proves himself up to the task of conveying comedy and drama with equal aplomb.
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
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
December 15, 2005
...a thoroughly enjoyable, not entirely predictable sentimental comedy/drama...
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
December 6, 2005
Poignant, pensive and profound.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 21, 2005
A estréia de Schreiber na direção é tematicamente ambiciosa e merece aplausos.
| Original Score: 4/5
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)
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 25, 2005
Severely hampered by a screenplay that waters down much of the book's power, but the blow isn't lethal
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
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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