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A Quiet Passion

  • Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff
  • Director: Terence Davies
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 125 min.

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

"This is a film of subtle beauty."
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I'm thrilled to say that it's an absolute drop-dead masterwork."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"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
"A delicate and measured drama that plumbs the depths of the poet's strange heart and the agony of her intelligence."
- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"The great theme of Dickinson’s life, Davies argues, is finding solace — not in religion, but in art, and A Quiet Passion itself can boast such moments of quiet catharsis. "
- Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage
"While the visuals and steady shots are often relaxing, at the heart is a searing and soulful performance of an anguished artist born into the wrong time."
- Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
"The talk is pointed and careful in a household that savours the power and meaning of words, but it’s as much the imagery that makes this film such a painterly joy. "
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Cynthia Nixon is simply magnificent as Emily Dickinson in director Terence Davies' gentle yet subversively fierce and funny look at the life and art of the great American poet."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Given its themes and the tragic circumstances of Dickinson's life, "Passion" is a refreshingly humorous work. Its firecracker dialogue is invigorating; the assured, measured compositions are equally compelling. And in its sensitivity to intersecting conflicts related to womanhood and class, it is quietly masterful."
- Michael Pattison, indieWIRE
"It is grounded, and made most exemplary, by Cynthia Nixon’s performance. Every actor in this movie is wonderful. But Nixon’s precision in portraying every particular mood of Emily — for each individual scene calls for absolute specificity — is simply spectacular."
- Glenn Kenny,
"In his sympathetic and intelligent Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion, Terence Davies honors his subject by remaining true to this observation from the poet herself: "To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.""
- Melissa Anderson, Village Voice