Enlighten Up!
Enlighten Up! (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Enlighten Up! is a funny, warmhearted documentary that's uneven in spots, but thought-provoking nonetheless.

Greg Quill
Toronto Star

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Weirdly, it's the documentarian who seems to unravel throughout.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Give director Churchill credit for including her own obstinacy in the movie

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

Enlighten Up! is a low-key, charming trip.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

As a movie, Enlighten Up! doesn't really go anywhere.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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?

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
Filmmaker Kate Churchill has been making documentaries for nine years and practicing yoga for seven years. For her latest film "Enlighten Up!", she… More
Byron Brubaker
I generally like fictional movies with really good production values. I'm finding that I appreciate some documentaries with very low budgets and elements… More
meril lupin
It was really neat looking at yoga practices in India; clearly the North American practices are more familiar, but also did not affect Nick. Filmmaker Kate was… More