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Quills Reviews

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Top Critic
Jeremy Gerard
February 23, 2012
"Quills" is sensational in every sense of the word.
Emanuel Levy
February 8, 2011
Kaufman's biopic of the notorious Marquis de Sade is sharply uneven, serious, poignant, trashy, sleazy and sensationslist, marred by over-the-top turn from Geoffrey Rush.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 7, 2010
a conceptual piece about the nature of creativity and questions of art
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It pokes at sexual taboos - it's pretty subversive, considering - but sexuality and creativity are indelibly linked, and its true subject is expression, repression and catharsis.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
While it is horrible and sordid, it's also witty, fast-paced and intriguing as it explores freedom of expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 1, 2003
You'll swear you can hear a throaty cackle of approval from the hereafter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
December 8, 2002
Kaufman and writer Doug Wright (adapting his own play) infuse the film with a decadent playfulness befitting a film about the Marquis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
É uma pena que o Oscar, ao contrário de outras premiações, não possua uma categoria de 'Melhor Elenco'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
This simplicity in its anti-censorship message keep it from achieving the greatness that it strives for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
If Ismael Merchant and James Ivory ... decided to make a film about Hell, it would look like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2002
Kaufman here reminds us why he was once one of the most high profile directors
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
January 26, 2002
It is much, much more than a political tract -- indeed, it is a mesmerizingly told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 30, 2001
Geoffrey Rush steals the show as a charismatic madman, but the story is too dated to resonate beyond its little corner of history.
June 14, 2001
I'm glad I saw it, but I wish I could unsee it somehow.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 21, 2001
Quills, about the marquis de Sade, is a voluptuous impasto. Everything in it -- the colors, the locations, the people -- seems swirled with a mixture of decadence and grace.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 24, 2001
...fairly oozes with delicious irony.
| Original Score: 8/10
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 24, 2001
An exhilarating, stunningly mounted, vigorously intelligent and oddly poetic tale also about the sadistic social institutions impinging on human history.
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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 19, 2001
Quills valiantly argues that bold ideas can not - and should not - be stopped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
the film's anti-censorship themes come through strongly without being plainly didactic
| Original Score: 4/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 8, 2001
a festival of snobbish, yet still plainly sophomoric puns. I'm not appalled by the vulgarity ... I'm appalled by the lack of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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