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A masterful accomplishment...teems with its own sense of life, crackles with daring, walks the tightrope between satire and pathos with a rare assuredness.
Los Angeles Times
Everything falls into place and seems exactly right: the brisk tempo, the crisp, witty performances, the slightly sooty touch.
San Francisco Chronicle
Self-satisfied -- an undisciplined brat of a film.
A gloriously giddy movie about theater, love and artifice, an unabashed art film.
Few movies are as eloquent in their performances and their art direction.
New York Daily News
Beneath the noisy, farcical surface of John Turturro's Illuminata is a thoughtful and unusually mature meditation on love.
Susan Sarandon has never looked better in her 29-year screen career than she does here.
It isn't, finally, satisfying: It's too uneven, indulgent, fey.
Insights about romance are enhanced by the novel production design, which includes puppetry, but the story's reflexivity is smug and cloying.
Its pretensions eventually undo it.
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