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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The Pillow Book is Peter Greenaway's most stunning and accessible film since "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover." Dense, gorgeous...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Greenaway is a unique filmmaker in that he layers images upon one another in a single frame and doesn't require dialogue to make his films...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Pillow Book, starring Vivian Wu, is a seductive and elegant story.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The great irony of this film, which is (at least on one level) about the power of writing, is that the words are of secondary importance to...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I can't say that I've ever entertained fantasies of writing on someone's body. But Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book (Cinepix) does, at...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
There's as much to draw us in, but far less to put us off. [13 Jun 1997]
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
With its attractive cast, beguiling score and relatively straightforward narrative, this dark fable of letters and lust is one of...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
At 126 minutes the movie is excruciatingly long, but it is still too short to pack in all the subtle changes in character he means but...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The Pillow Book sometimes seems like three different movies, each one an eyeful but together too much of a good thing.
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30

Empire

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Here both Greenaway's strengths and weaknesses are on show as he toys with the viewers' capacity to ingest blurring metaphors and...
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Rated NR