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Everything is Illuminated Reviews

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Brandon Fibbs
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joe Utichi
December 6, 2005
Poignant, pensive and profound.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
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
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
Jesse Paddock
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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