Everything Is Illuminated Synopsis
Young Jewish man searches for a woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A film that grows in reflection. The first time I saw it, I was hurtling down the tracks of a goofy ethnic comedy when suddenly we entered...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
For one of those obstreperously original books that are themselves impossible to translate, Everything Is Illuminated is impressively well...
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San Francisco Chronicle

An almost screwball comedy that turns serious.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though not as far-reaching as the book from which it was adapted, Everything Is Illuminated is a movie with wit, warmth and unabashed...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Leave it to Liev: Schreiber capably adds writer-director to his impressive resume with this winning take on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Not everything is illuminated in his (Liev Schreiber) version, but the book's humanity and humor shine through.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Whimsically conjures the magic-realist imagery of the novel while pruning the book of its narrative undergrowth. What results is a striking...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Everything Is Illuminated hasn't been adapted so much as gutted, stuffed, and mounted.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's as if two-thirds of the book have been reduced to one-word chapter headings.
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Very well done and has the right amount of humor.

By GabyFace
Everything is illuminated is one of my all time favorite movies. I was thinking to my self, if Eugene hutz wasn't in it, would i still like it? yes i would. It is done extremly well and has a good...

good film

By Alxbstn2000
Loved Elijah Woods character. Just rewatched this film recently. Just as good as the first time. Def more of a indie feel for me.so if you like that type and you haven't seen it go check it out....

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Rated PG-13 | For disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language