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Quills Reviews

February 23, 2012
"Quills" is sensational in every sense of the word.
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.
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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
More heavy-handed than memorable.
December 22, 2000
A marvelous, saucy romp.
December 22, 2000
The material benefits from a top-rank cast that fleshes out what could seem merely an exercise in philosophy.
December 22, 2000
Kaufman is one of the great, underappreciated maestros of the movies, and his work here is indeed masterly.
December 15, 2000
A rare Hollywood movie that is about the nature of eroticism without being afraid of its own power to arouse.
December 15, 2000
It breathes, it twirls, it prances right up into your face. It swirls over the top sometimes, but there never is any doubt you're watching a movie about something.
December 15, 2000
Kaufman ... finds a tone that remains more entertaining than depressing, more absorbing than alarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 15, 2000
Geoffrey Rush plays this rascal to the magnificent hilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 15, 2000
It argues its case fairly, acknowledging the implicit dangers in its position, and dramatizing the price that inevitably will be paid for its cherished goal of untrammeled personal expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 14, 2000
The Gothic tale grabs the eyeballs and keeps them transfixed to the screen.
December 14, 2000
Gives us an anatomy of fear, images both silken swift and molten hot, scenes that disrupt and inflame the imagination.
December 14, 2000
Shrill, pretentious, sophomoric and often just plain dumb.
Read More | Original Score: D-
January 1, 2000
A pose-y, pungent, ultra-theatrical yet weirdly seductive mess.
January 1, 2000
A literate, dialogue-driven treat delivered by a cast that truly savors the script's wicked wit.
Read More | Original Score: 80/100
January 1, 2000
Experiencing this pretentious wallow -- overwritten, under-thought and overdone -- is a very sophisticated form of torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Feels like a Masterpiece Theater spoof.
January 1, 2000
Arguably the most provocative and best historical melodrama of 2000.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
As biography and black comedy, Quills comes up short.
January 1, 2000
A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
January 1, 2000
Refreshingly direct.
January 1, 2000
Pretentious, long-winded.
January 1, 2000
The dramatic case is too settled, the narrative trajectory too smug, the view of the transgressive artist too naive.
January 1, 2000
It's hard not to cheer him on, even as the film itself erases De Sade more than it reveals him.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Triumphs over potentially claustrophobic material.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Quills [is watchable], if you've got the stomach. It's just a little bit mad.
January 1, 2000
This is soft-gore porn, obvious in its strategies, witless in the play of its ideas, absurdist only in its pretense to seriousness.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
It's an unapologetic dazzler, which is why it's never overwhelmed by its themes.
January 1, 2000
The elegance of Mr. Kaufman's direction and his handling of the cast make for the kind of euphoric stylishness that has been missing from moviegoing for some time.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
What begins promisingly ... quickly turns from wicked to insipid, taking a thematic plunge into insanity from which there is no recovery.
January 1, 2000
Rush often makes the film soar with a sense of enlightened madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
I'm inclined to agree with my colleague Michael Musto, who suggested that the reason various characters have their tongues ripped out is to prevent the actors from chewing away the scenery.