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Herein lies the ideological struggle of two individuals. Behind the camera stands Kate Churchill, a Boston-based documentarian with a rock-solid confidence in the transformative power of yoga; her subject, however -- Manhattan journalist Nick Rosen -- espouses deep-seated skepticism and resistance to yoga as a system of thought and physio-spiritual regeneration. Responding to a challenge by Churchill, Rosen undertakes an on-camera investigation of yoga, but in lieu of becoming an instant convert as one might expect, he begins to uncover manifold inconsistencies and contradictions that distance… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Director Kate Churchill ends up with a non-story in her feature Enlighten Up! when her subject fails to experience the changes she had been expecting."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"While Enlighten Up! is entertaining and provocative regardless, it's too bad that Churchill was so focused on whether Rosen was having his preconceptions shattered that she never stopped to consider her own."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Weirdly, it's the documentarian who seems to unravel throughout."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"While Enlighten Up! is ultimately just a surface look at yoga, it's still interesting, if not exactly enlightening, to watch the true believer and the jaded New York journo clash their way down the road to, one hopes, some sort of spiritual resolution."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"What Enlighten Up illustrates about the dynamic between filmmaker and subject is even more interesting than what it says about yoga."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"What's Rosen's dating life got to do with yoga? Nothing really, beyond a director's last-ditch attempt to show dramatic tension in her film before it peters out into inconclusiveness."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This is a peaceful kind of film, not terribly eventful, but I suppose we wouldn't want a yoga thriller. Relax. Let it happen. Or not."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Give director Churchill credit for including her own obstinacy in the movie"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"When she inserts herself into the action, she reveals only her own insecurity. It ends up being very enlightening, but probably not in the way Churchill intends."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"Rosen makes a good correlative for all of us who don't doubt that flexibility and fitness are worthy goals but who cringe at some of the quasi-religious babble that seems inextricably bound up with yoga."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Enlighten Up! is a low-key, charming trip."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"As a movie, Enlighten Up! doesn't really go anywhere."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"In the end, both the believer and the skeptic end up less sure of their beliefs than they were when they started. Which must be at least a small step towards true enlightenment, right?"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There's a lot of talk about the downward-facing dog in Enlighten Up, a yoga documentary I'm giving the downward-facing thumb."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Director Kate Churchill's acknowledged struggles to impose a story on ... six months' worth of documentary footage is not particularly successful..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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