Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Kaufman's startling Quills gives us an anatomy of fear, images both silken swift and molten hot, scenes that disrupt and inflame the imagination.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A savage comedy of sexual extremes; the barbed laughs draw blood.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Uniformly robust acting puts still more feathers in the caps of Rush, Winslet and Caine.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Finds a tone that remains more entertaining than depressing, more absorbing than alarming.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
A literate, dialogue-driven treat delivered by a cast that truly savors the script's wicked wit.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The things you can look forward to, however, are the humor, intellectual musing, emotional tumult, superb acting and challenging adult questions.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Rush is amazing throughout this absorbing, provocative film.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Quills bleaches the danger -- and fascination -- out of De Sade, turning him into a kind of mad saint of ''Masterpiece Theatre'' porn.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
It's a work that preaches to the choir, and the song has been more subtly sung in better movies.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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