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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Reviews

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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
June 24, 2005
It's possible to love one of these movies and hate the other...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
Somewhere between an instructional film about guide dogs and a melodrama, the animal movie Quill, the Japanese hit from director Yoichi Sai, is mostly bizarre.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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-
May 24, 2012
It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative.
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
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+
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
July 20, 2012
Charming subtitled drama shows healing power of dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
June 25, 2005
...this is the sort of movie kids will probably enjoy more than adults...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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?
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
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
July 6, 2010
Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
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