'Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog' Critic Reviews

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  • Andy Webster New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    When isn't it a good time to show a movie tracing the development of a kind, charismatic yellow Labrador retriever from frolicsome puppy to devoted seeing-eye companion to weary senior?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    It's possible to love one of these movies and hate the other...
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    Somewhere between an instructional film about guide dogs and a melodrama, the animal movie Quill, the Japanese hit from director Yoichi Sai, is mostly bizarre.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    60
    Charming subtitled drama shows healing power of dogs.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    60
    Quill is a drama that feels like a documentary . . . or vice versa. And that makes it kind of a strange animal.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rob Humanick Slant Magazine
    88
    The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Fr. Chris Carpenter Movie Dearest
    75
    Director Yoichi Sai lays the sentimentality and humor on thick at times. Still, the movie is charming more often than not, and Sai's pseudo-documentary approach gives viewers a greater appreciation of service animals.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kent Turner Film-Forward.com
    75
    [The director] delivers a sentimental tale for dog lovers, grounded by the man-and-his-dog bond that has made the novels Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller perennially popular.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Doris Toumarkine Film Journal International
    Wonderful, emotionally wrenching charmer is an absolute must-see for dog-lovers of all ages.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    90
    A heart-affecting Japanese film about a patient, skilled, and loving seeing-eye dog and his brief life of service.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Tobias AV Club
    34
    Save for the tearful goodbye scenes, the only real drama in Quill is that Kobayashi is a little cranky at first and believe he's doing just fine with a cane.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    88
    It's a wonderful film, though, which is - oddly - only now getting a very limited release, eight years after its Japanese debut.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Singer Time Out New York
    60
    The real star is Rafie, the golden pup that plays Quill; dogs can be taught to sit or lie down, but they can't fake the sort of connection he makes with the people around him.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Harvey S. Karten Compuserve
    67
    A documentary-style drama portraying the training of a seeing-eye dog is sentimental and convincingly acted by both human beings and Labs
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jam! Movies
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    60
    It's tough to argue with a movie that features close-ups of Labrador puppies. Still, the Japanese feature Quill is one of the strangest dog movies this viewer has ever encountered.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    63
    ...this is the sort of movie kids will probably enjoy more than adults...
    Full Review » 9 years ago
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