A Quiet Passion
A Quiet Passion (2017)

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 14, 2017
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Quiet Passion offers a finely detailed portrait of a life whose placid passage may not have been inherently cinematic, but is made more affecting by Cynthia Nixon's strong performance.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Nixon delivers a masterful performance, giving us a heroine who can't cease digging herself into ever deeper holes. She's never out of step with the film's graceful pace and narrative development.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The rich imagery and controlled composition seem alternately to highlight Dickinson's unfettered art and to mock her sadly fettered life.

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K. Austin Collins
The Ringer

It's a film made in the image of Dickinson and her poetry, in other words: starkly original, but without much show of fuss.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is a film of subtle beauty.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Stick with it, and keep your eyes on Nixon; a still, gentle-voiced presence whose eyes glow like blue embers.

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Gillie Collins
Seventh Row

Emily Dickinson might be famous for living as a ghost -- dressed in white, shut in her bedroom -- but she comes to life in A Quiet Passion as infinitely complicated.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

It's not easy to do justice to such a beloved, enigmatic artist, but "A Quiet Passion" was well worth the wait.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

A delicate and measured drama that plumbs the depths of the poet's strange heart and the agony of her intelligence.

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Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Emily Dickinson is a tough nut to crack, but Cynthia Nixon has the right tools.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Glenn Gaylord
THE NIXON LIBRARY IS OPEN - My Review of A QUIET PASSION (5 QUALIFIED STARS) Writer/director Terence Davies is known and revered for his quiet approach to… More
K Nife Churchkey
When I recall the imaginings that I had when I first read the poetry of Emily Dickinson, I would be hard pressed to find a more accurate simulation of them than… More
Alec Barniskis
The kind of film Davies excels at. He effectively demystifies Dickinson's life (having a truly magnificent cast helps) while incorporating her poetry… More
John C
An intelligent look at Emily Dickinson with a great cast and wonderful costumes. Unfortunately the movie holds the viewer at arms length, just like Dickinson… More
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Rarely do we see a film of great emotional power, and this is one. Not in spite of the way it speaks, but because it creates its own code and language: you are… More