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Everything is Illuminated Reviews

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September 16, 2005
The novel's absurdist humor doesn't fully translate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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-
September 15, 2005
Everything Is Illuminated left me cold and in the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2005
...an incomplete thing which easily loses its way, and will likely leave viewers stranded along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2005
Most of Everything is Illuminated seems to have been dipped in a vat of second-hand Wes Anderson affectation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2005
No one seeing Schreiber's film could begin to imagine the breadth and nature of the book.
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-
September 11, 2005
A flimsy film about a serious and sober young man who travels to the Ukraine to find out about the woman who saved his Jewish grandfather from certain death in 1942.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2005
A quiet, quirky, compassionate view of hopes, dreams and the human comedy that leaves you wishing that even more had been "illuminated."
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 22, 2005
'Everything' becomes a rather foolishly optimistic term to lead off your title when the only thing illuminated is the window next to the projection light.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 19, 2005
Never comes up big with anything more than a reminder that the Holocaust really did happen.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
September 15, 2005
The adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel is whimsical when it should be darkly funny and poignant when it should be devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 16, 2005
Wood, whose mostly mute turn is defined by his black suit and glasses, can only stare in stupefaction at Schreiber's jittery mix of broad laughs and sentiment. Audiences will share the feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2005
Schreiber's film version of Everything Is Illuminated achieves the impossible -- it's even more annoying than Jonathan Safran Foer's gratingly precocious novel.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 16, 2005
Jonathan is about the most passive protagonist you're likely to see on the screen for a while.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
Fans of Jonathan Safran Foer may rightly consider this an act of taxidermy. Everything Is Illuminated hasn't been adapted so much as gutted, stuffed, and mounted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2005
If Jonathan were a character instead of a symbol of American Immigrants Disconnected From Their History, Schreiber's movie might have worked.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 2, 2005
This isn't a frivolous film or a dumb one. Mostly, it feels like a mistake -- the wrong director matched with the wrong material.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 25, 2005
Maybe it's me, but I prefer my quirky comedies without a side of Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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