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
Anthony Lawrie
I think Quills works best as a tale of censorship rather than a biography or factual piece on the Marquis de Sade. I thought it was fantastic though, Geoffrey… 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
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

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