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Quills Reviews

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Jeremy Gerard
Variety
February 23, 2012
"Quills" is sensational in every sense of the word.
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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.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 22, 2000
More heavy-handed than memorable.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 22, 2000
A marvelous, saucy romp.
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Matt Wolf
Associated Press
December 22, 2000
The material benefits from a top-rank cast that fleshes out what could seem merely an exercise in philosophy.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2000
Kaufman is one of the great, underappreciated maestros of the movies, and his work here is indeed masterly.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 15, 2000
A rare Hollywood movie that is about the nature of eroticism without being afraid of its own power to arouse.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2000
Kaufman ... finds a tone that remains more entertaining than depressing, more absorbing than alarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 15, 2000
Geoffrey Rush plays this rascal to the magnificent hilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
December 14, 2000
The Gothic tale grabs the eyeballs and keeps them transfixed to the screen.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2000
Gives us an anatomy of fear, images both silken swift and molten hot, scenes that disrupt and inflame the imagination.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 14, 2000
Shrill, pretentious, sophomoric and often just plain dumb.
Read More | Original Score: D-
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A pose-y, pungent, ultra-theatrical yet weirdly seductive mess.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Feels like a Masterpiece Theater spoof.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Arguably the most provocative and best historical melodrama of 2000.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
As biography and black comedy, Quills comes up short.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Refreshingly direct.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
Pretentious, long-winded.
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January 1, 2000
The dramatic case is too settled, the narrative trajectory too smug, the view of the transgressive artist too naive.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Triumphs over potentially claustrophobic material.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Quills [is watchable], if you've got the stomach. It's just a little bit mad.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It's an unapologetic dazzler, which is why it's never overwhelmed by its themes.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
What begins promisingly ... quickly turns from wicked to insipid, taking a thematic plunge into insanity from which there is no recovery.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Rush often makes the film soar with a sense of enlightened madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.