Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 20, 2012
Charming subtitled drama shows healing power of dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
May 22, 2012
The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 18, 2012
[The director] delivers a sentimental tale for dog lovers, grounded by the man-and-his-dog bond that has made the novels Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller perennially popular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
May 18, 2012
Wonderful, emotionally wrenching charmer is an absolute must-see for dog-lovers of all ages.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 18, 2012
Director Yoichi Sai lays the sentimentality and humor on thick at times. Still, the movie is charming more often than not, and Sai's pseudo-documentary approach gives viewers a greater appreciation of service animals.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andy Webster
New York Times
May 18, 2012
Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 17, 2012
A heart-affecting Japanese film about a patient, skilled, and loving seeing-eye dog and his brief life of service.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2012
It's a wonderful film, though, which is - oddly - only now getting a very limited release, eight years after its Japanese debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 17, 2012
Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 17, 2012
What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Singer
Time Out
May 15, 2012
The real star is Rafie, the golden pup that plays Quill; dogs can be taught to sit or lie down, but they can't fake the sort of connection he makes with the people around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
When isn't it a good time to show a movie tracing the development of a kind, charismatic yellow Labrador retriever from frolicsome puppy to devoted seeing-eye companion to weary senior?
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
May 10, 2012
A documentary-style drama portraying the training of a seeing-eye dog is sentimental and convincingly acted by both human beings and Labs
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 6, 2010
Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 25, 2005
...this is the sort of movie kids will probably enjoy more than adults...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 25, 2005
It's tough to argue with a movie that features close-ups of Labrador puppies. Still, the Japanese feature Quill is one of the strangest dog movies this viewer has ever encountered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 7, 2012
Quill is a drama that feels like a documentary . . . or vice versa. And that makes it kind of a strange animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 17, 2012
Save for the tearful goodbye scenes, the only real drama in Quill is that Kobayashi is a little cranky at first and believe he's doing just fine with a cane.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 24, 2005
It's possible to love one of these movies and hate the other...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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