Everything is Illuminated

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    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.

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    It's funny and warm, with the sting of the horrific event that triggered the trip giving it a melancholy feel.

    4/5
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    It's profound in the way that life is profound in hindsight, its view of the past both fixed in history and mutable in the telling. And it's exquisitely tender.

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    This isn't a frivolous film or a dumb one. Mostly, it feels like a mistake -- the wrong director matched with the wrong material.

    C
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    [Schreiber] has managed something of a feat ... in spinning a single charming story out of Foer's yarn ball of a novel, which spanned 200 years, multiple stories and various protagonists.

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    Schreiber effectively incorporates some of the novel's humor, most of which revolves around Alex's amusingly improvisational English, but never comes close to mining the book's true substance or heartbreak.

    2/4
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    A movie that wraps a story of mass murder in a package of whimsy, and prefers to focus on our commonality rather than any collective complicity in the crimes of history.

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    Yes, we laugh; yes, we cry; the sun rises and sets. It's all quite enlightening.

    B+
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    Schreiber's streamlined version may be only a sliver of the whole, but it's a thoroughly entertaining and very rewarding piece of a very tasty pie.

    3/4
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    If Jonathan were a character instead of a symbol of American Immigrants Disconnected From Their History, Schreiber's movie might have worked.

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    It sounds weird, and it is. It's also very funny, not to mention mesmerizing and, finally, heartbreaking.

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    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.

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    Perhaps because it's no longer so much about the language, the movie comes across as slight and somewhat fussy. What distinguished the novel doesn't quite translate to the screen.

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    Schreiber's images -- a graveyard of old war machines, a field of sunflowers -- are impressive and help convey the wonderful idea behind Everything Is Illuminated: that no matter who we are or where we live, we are all connected.

    3/4
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    Fans of Jonathan Safran Foer may rightly consider this an act of taxidermy. Everything Is Illuminated hasn't been adapted so much as gutted, stuffed, and mounted.

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    Every novel cannot be a movie, and this one should not have been.

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    A film that grows in reflection.

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    As a whimsical and at times poignant look at family secrets and family ties, it's effective, it's moving.

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    There isn't enough drama here to sustain an entire film, and Schreiber's direction is relentlessly coy.

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    Jonathan is about the most passive protagonist you're likely to see on the screen for a while.

    2/4
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    Schreiber's film version of Everything Is Illuminated achieves the impossible -- it's even more annoying than Jonathan Safran Foer's gratingly precocious novel.

    1/4
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    Falls far short of illuminating Foer's complicated book. But it does provide the sort of low-key, road-trip ramblings we haven't seen since the'70s heyday of Hal Ashby.

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    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.

    2/4
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    Schreiber leaves the whimsy faucet dripping for far too long.

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    Schreiber takes Foer's sprawling, multilayered, multigenerational beast and hones it into a post-Glasnost buddy picture.

    4/5
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    A movie with wit, warmth and unabashed emotion.

    3/4
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    The adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel is whimsical when it should be darkly funny and poignant when it should be devastating.

    2/5
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    Schreiber shows enough heart and mind in his first time at bat to make you hope he gets another shot.

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    The story is confusingly told -- everything is not illuminated -- and, as the seeker, Elijah Wood is a big blank.

    C+
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    [A] brave and loving movie.

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    Everything Is Illuminated left me cold and in the dark.

    2/4
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    Actors talk about wanting to stretch, but few would hazard a project with such a high degree of difficulty as Schreiber.

    B+
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    It may be substantially less ambitious than its source material, but that may be what saves it from implosion.

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    A considerably scaled down version that still effectively retains the book's warm eccentricity and gently persuasive sentimentality.

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    No one seeing Schreiber's film could begin to imagine the breadth and nature of the book.

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