Everything is Illuminated
A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II, in a Ukrainian village which was ultimately razed by the Nazis.
Jeff Strickler The ultra-serious Jonathan and the laid-back Alex are an ideal odd couple. By switching focus between them, Schreiber can quickly steer the movie to different emotional ground.
Richard Roeper As a whimsical and at times poignant look at family secrets and family ties, it's effective, it's moving.
David Edelstein There isn't enough drama here to sustain an entire film, and Schreiber's direction is relentlessly coy.
Stephanie Zacharek Schreiber leaves the whimsy faucet dripping for far too long.
Ella Taylor [A] brave and loving movie.
Michael Atkinson It may be substantially less ambitious than its source material, but that may be what saves it from implosion.
Michael Rechtshaffen A considerably scaled down version that still effectively retains the book's warm eccentricity and gently persuasive sentimentality.
Todd McCarthy No one seeing Schreiber's film could begin to imagine the breadth and nature of the book.