(1998)

Critic Reviews

60

Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Self-satisfied -- an undisciplined brat of a film.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Few movies are as eloquent in their performances and their art direction.
75
A gloriously giddy movie about theater, love and artifice, an unabashed art film.
75
Baltimore Sun
John Turturro's farce about life and theater that is by turns elegant and bawdy, but always transfixing.
63
USA Today
Susan Sarandon has never looked better in her 29-year screen career than she does here.
63
New York Daily News
Beneath the noisy, farcical surface of John Turturro's Illuminata is a thoughtful and unusually mature meditation on love.
63
New York Post
Like a thick slice of ham - tasty, elegantly prepared and served - that aspires to be gourmet fare but in the end turns out to be only half-baked.
63
San Francisco Examiner
Turturro tricks you into thinking there's magic realism streaming through this ode to art and commited love - despite there being little magic and not a trace of reality to speak of.
58
Entertainment Weekly
The production feels self-congratulatory and illuminated only dimly.
50
Miami Herald
Overdone performances mar the fine ones -- (Turturro) has become, alas, a hambone.
49
Mr. Showbiz
Turturro's movie is all surface, all artifice, and little substance. Actors love artifice; the rest of us wait for it to clear so we can find something meatier.

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