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88
A film that grows in reflection. The first time I saw it, I was hurtling down the tracks of a goofy ethnic comedy when suddenly we entered dark and dangerous territory. I admired the film but did not sufficiently appreciate its arc.
83
Entertainment Weekly
For one of those obstreperously original books that are themselves impossible to translate, Everything Is Illuminated is impressively well lit.
75
Though not as far-reaching as the book from which it was adapted, Everything Is Illuminated is a movie with wit, warmth and unabashed emotion.
75
An almost screwball comedy that turns serious.
75
Actor-turned-first-time-filmmaker Liev Schreiber tosses out most of what made Jonathan Safran Foer's too-clever-by-half debut novel so precious, rooting out the heart of Foer's story from the precocious bombast.
75
Premiere
I have misgivings about Schreiber's use of the well-worn "I'll make you empathize with these Others, but first let's have laughs at their expense" approach, but eventually I was won over by his humane, moving road trip.
70
Wall Street Journal
Not everything is illuminated in his (Liev Schreiber) version, but the book's humanity and humor shine through.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Leave it to Liev: Schreiber capably adds writer-director to his impressive resume with this winning take on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Whimsically conjures the magic-realist imagery of the novel while pruning the book of its narrative undergrowth. What results is a striking piece of topiary shorn of its vital branches.
50
Wood, whose mostly mute turn is defined by his black suit and glasses, can only stare in stupefaction at Schreiber's jittery mix of broad laughs and sentiment. Audiences will share the feeling.
50
New York Daily News
It's as if two-thirds of the book have been reduced to one-word chapter headings.

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