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  • Summary: Set in turn of the century New York, Tuccio (Turturro) is the resident playwright of the New York City repertory company who offers his new challenging play "Illuminata" to the company's owners who initially reject it. Several on and offstage romances begin among the shows diva, a harsh critic, and other actors and theatre types. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 90
    A masterful accomplishment...teems with its own sense of life, crackles with daring, walks the tightrope between satire and pathos with a rare assuredness.
  2. 75
    John Turturro's farce about life and theater that is by turns elegant and bawdy, but always transfixing.
  3. A gloriously giddy movie about theater, love and artifice, an unabashed art film.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Susan Sarandon has never looked better in her 29-year screen career than she does here.
  5. 58
    It isn't, finally, satisfying: It's too uneven, indulgent, fey.
  6. 50
    Unfocused. We feel cut adrift amid the various plot threads. This is exacerbated by some murky exposition. Characters, events, and the passage of time are not always clearly established.
  7. An incomprehensible mess -- so boring and numbingly unworkable that it's hard to imagine what he could have been thinking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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