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A Quiet Passion (2017)



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Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson's deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.


Cynthia Nixon
as Emily Dickinson
Jennifer Ehle
as Vinnie Dickinson
Keith Carradine
as Edward Dickinson
Duncan Duff
as Austin Dickinson
Emma Bell
as Young Emily Dickinson
Rose Williams
as Young Vinnie Dickinson
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

Davies, the most interiorized of English filmmakers, shows his devotion through his fidelity to text, trying portray as much as he can of the poet's sad but notoriously uneventful life.

December 30, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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I'm thrilled to say that it's an absolute drop-dead masterwork.

October 5, 2016 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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What sets the film drastically off-balance is its contrastingly finicky impulse to paint Dickinson as one of the rapier wits of her generation.

February 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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The film can't escape an underlying static quality that extinguishes the flame before it can get burning.

February 15, 2016 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Cynthia Nixon's Oscar-worthy performance inhabiting the mind and body of American poet Emily Dickinson would be the envy even of Meryl Streep.

March 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A Quiet Passion becomes both a celebration of the creative spirit, and a poignant reminder of its fragility.

February 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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