Everything is Illuminated
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A young man takes a strange and unexpectedly funny journey in search of a family heroine he's never known in this screen adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Jonathan (Elijah Wood) is a lifelong collector of any and all objects pertaining to his family, and he has become obsessed with a woman he's never met. The woman saved the life of his grandfather during World War II, when the Ukrainian town where he was born was destroyed by Nazi troops. Wanting to know more about the woman, Jonathan flies to the Ukraine, where with the help of a hip-hop obsessed, gold-toothed tour… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"It's funny and warm, with the sting of the horrific event that triggered the trip giving it a melancholy feel."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"[Schreiber] has managed something of a feat ... in spinning a single charming story out of Foer's yarn ball of a novel, which spanned 200 years, multiple stories and various protagonists."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"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."
‑ Ron Reed, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's profound in the way that life is profound in hindsight, its view of the past both fixed in history and mutable in the telling. And it's exquisitely tender."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Schreiber effectively incorporates some of the novel's humor, most of which revolves around Alex's amusingly improvisational English, but never comes close to mining the book's true substance or heartbreak."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"What begins in quirks and idiosyncrasy moves into a dark place where profound sadness and profound closure co-exist side by side."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"...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."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Una Vida Iluminada ya es suficiente carta de presentación como para esperar más del Liev Schreiber director que del actor."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"This isn't a frivolous film or a dumb one. Mostly, it feels like a mistake -- the wrong director matched with the wrong material."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A movie that wraps a story of mass murder in a package of whimsy, and prefers to focus on our commonality rather than any collective complicity in the crimes of history."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"First-time director Liev Schreiber proves himself up to the task of conveying comedy and drama with equal aplomb."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Buzzine Magazine
"...a thoroughly enjoyable, not entirely predictable sentimental comedy/drama..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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