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A Quiet Passion

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Terence Davies

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About the Movie

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson, personifying the wit, pathos and spiritual independence of the great American poet whose genius would not be recognized until after her death. Revered British director Terence Davies (HOUSE OF MIRTH) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s close-knit Amherst family, including her nurturing sister Vinnie (Jennifer Ehle) and proud patriarch father (Keith Carradine), along with the manners, mores and religious convictions of the time with which she struggled before finding transcendence in her poetry.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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91%
  • Reviews Counted: 152
  • Fresh: 139
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Nixon vividly telegraphs both her character's convictions and her deep physical and emotional suffering. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 14, 2017

Fresh: It is through Nixon's brilliant performance that "A Quiet Passion" illuminates, complicates and ultimately transcends the mystery of its subject's confinement. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Apr 20, 2017

Fresh: A Quiet Passion is wittier, in its early stretches, than anyone might have foreseen, but it's when the door closes, and the Dickinsons are alone with their trepidations, that the movie draws near to its rightful severity. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Apr 17, 2017

Fresh: It's not easy to do justice to such a beloved, enigmatic artist, but "A Quiet Passion" was well worth the wait. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, May 11, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Emily Dickinson would've been the queen of plastic surgery

The movie screams with Davies' brand of melancholy. It is modestly beautiful, moody and poignant in it's depiction of a restrictive unsatisfied life. The poor woman was screaming with the bitter despair of an old maid. She obviously felt that quite poignantly along with the shame of her physical appearance and made that her cross to bear. She obviously would have been the queen of plastic surgery had she had access to it. Speaking of spirituality she apparently was very lacking in that department and perhaps in need of medication, but isn't that the plague of all poets and their bread and butter?
Both Jennifer Ehle and Cynthia Nixon's performances are stellar, they are captivating. The movie is at times so grim it is almost laughable. Best to be consumed with some sort of upper, even caffeine and sugar will do the trick just avoid chamomile unless you want to sulk in it's grimitude.

Terrible

Save two hours of your life for something more worthwhile-draggy and pretentious. Tries hard to be witty. Just ouch.

Cynthia Nixon is the sole bright spot

The young Emily is played by an actress who seems made of wood and recites her lines in a manner that would shame a high school play. The script is heavy on the cues for who we are to despise: the cardboard cut-out caricatures of Christians. Cynthia Nixon is the sole bright spot in a movie that is 21st century agitprop behind a 19th century New England facade.

A Quiet Passion
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2017

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