Quills (2000)

The Marquis de Sade was a man who liked to stir up trouble, at a time when his native France was in a state of tremendous political turmoil, and this historical drama examines how much controversy he could cause even under repressive… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though hard to watch, this film's disturbing exploration of freedom of expression is both seductive and thought-provoking.

Jeremy Gerard

"Quills" is sensational in every sense of the word.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

More heavy-handed than memorable.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A marvelous, saucy romp.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a conceptual piece about the nature of creativity and questions of art

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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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Matt Wolf
Associated Press

The material benefits from a top-rank cast that fleshes out what could seem merely an exercise in philosophy.

Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

While it is horrible and sordid, it's also witty, fast-paced and intriguing as it explores freedom of expression.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Unknown Hobo
My love for this film runs very deep indeed. As a fan of the Marquis de Sade and everything spawned after his name, as well as an advocate for the the… More
Jennifer D
I am not one for egregious sex. When semi graphic sex/ nudity or innuendo is used in a film, I wonder if it has real value or if it's more sexy or shock… More
Sophie Burgess
With a brilliant cast I did expect more from this. I'm unsure if she was going for a some sort of style, but Winslet looked like she couldn't act.… More
Lady D'arbanville
Quills is quite an unusual film, considering the period covered and it's Erotic Literature theme. It's a bit of a strange watch, because it varies… More
xGary Xx
An adaptation of the play based on a chapter of the life of the infamous Marquis De Sade whose lascivious writings scandalized post revolutionary France. Set… More
Spencer S.
One word: Debauchery. Amazing performances, true to all the ideals of the Marquis de Sade.