Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. As funny as it is nourishing, and it has stellar performances from Uwe Ochsenknecht and Gustav Peter Wohler, who play off each other like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
  2. Enlightenment Guaranteed is a parable of alienation and rediscovery told with such affection, insight and visual elegance, it could never be taken as preachy or stern.
  3. It is a warm, closely observed satire of lived life, and it is a charmer.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Likable, go-with-the-flow comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Ochsenknecht and Wohler are a strong double act, displaying exemplary comic timing and making the brothers a problem-plagued but likable pair.
  6. 70
    It's an interesting, often worthwhile, film, but humor isn't its strongest attribute.
  7. Depends on the two actors who all but carry it.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 20, 2011
    0
    I really wonder how this movie can get such positive reviews. This must be the most boring and
    pointless thing I have watched in a very long
    I really wonder how this movie can get such positive reviews. This must be the most boring and
    pointless thing I have watched in a very long time. The camera is all over the place, they should have
    hired a monkey to hold it more steady. Ochsenknecht is not a bad actor, but actors need directing,
    and there is none of that here. The story (two guys leave their bossy wives and spoiled children to find
    wisdom in the east) is presented in a home-video style that makes you motion sick, and the (improvised?) dialogue is embarassing. Watching my washing machine doing a whole program is more interesting!
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  2. KevinM.
    Dec 13, 2006
    9
    Well thought out day-in-a-life movie that closely depicts some aspects of Japanese culture through European humor.