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Everything Is Illuminated

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Liev Schreiber

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About the Movie

Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated" tells the story of a young man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. What starts out as a journey to piece together one family's story under absurd circumstances turns into a meaningful journey with a powerful series of revelations -- the importance of remembrance, the perilous nature of secrets, the legacy of the Holocaust, and the meaning of friendship.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 119
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Every novel cannot be a movie, and this one should not have been. – Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A film that grows in reflection. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Nov 7, 2005

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Customer Reviews

One of my all time favorites

I saw this movie for the first time a year ago, and immediately fell in love. The characters are relatable and great, the dialogue is funny and sharp, and the film has a really moving story and message. It isn't really anything like the book for those who've read it, but definitely still gets five stars from me! Certainly worth all $10 of your money.


Absolutely amazing and breathtaking. By far one of my favorite movies of all time

Great Movie - Great Story - Great Dialog - Not So Good Title

The title of this movie put me off at first, but after reading the other positive reviews I rented this movie. Fantastic first rate story telling.