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An ambitious, restless writer, Tuccio is the resident playwright of a struggling New York City repertory company, who has written a new play for Rachel, the woman he loves and the theater's company manager. When Tuccio stages his new work, "Illuminata," the resident critic Bevalaqua savages the play, but becomes infatuated with a handsome cast member, Marco, who agrees to a private meeting with the critic, hoping to sway Bevalaqua to print a good review. Meanwhile, a celebrated, but aging theatrical diva, Celimene, much impressed with "Illuminata," takes a scheming… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Clearly a labor of love, this sophomore effort from Turturro (a better actor than helmer), about fables and foibles of a tightly knit acting troup at turn of the century New York, is structurally messy and unevenly acted; a step fown from his debut Mac"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"This clever comedy probes the fascinating intersection of love and creativity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"I can't see a general audience taking to this strictly for the theater crowd film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"With a streamlined script--and a resulting clearer focus--Illuminata could have been a lot more than what it is"
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The movie takes on more than it can handle, but the cast is strong and there are a number of lovely and funny moments to savor."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Charming, but finally strangely unsatisfying."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Turturro overdirects his players with an athletic intensity."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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