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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    An almost screwball comedy that turns serious. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Not everything is illuminated in his (Liev Schreiber) version, but the book's humanity and humor shine through. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey 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. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's as if two-thirds of the book have been reduced to one-word chapter headings. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen 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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny 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. show more

  • October 21, 2010 mznewyorker15
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    this is a movie worth seeing!!!! watch it 4 times and looking forward to the next

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