Parents' Guide to

A Quiet Passion

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Poet Emily Dickinson is focus of thoughtful, serious biopic.

Movie PG-13 2017 126 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

age 13+

So slow and dull

I contemplated walking out after about 15 minutes, but stayed hoping, eventually, something might make my visit to the cinema worth it. I ended up leaving with about half an hour to go. It was beyond boring, I'm sorry to say. I don't like being critical of others' art, but this was neither interesting nor believable, and it was hard to get close to or understand any of the characters. A modern child would not be able to handle the stiff language and lack of story.

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Spare but not spartan in filmmaking (there's no music or special effects to pump viewers' emotional well), this thought-provoking film will appeal to fans of Dickinson and poetry in general. With little to distract from the actual biographical story, A Quiet Passion allows Dickinson's words to take center stage, aided by Nixon, who strips her portrayal of the complicated and sometimes miserable writer of any artifice and distils it to its wonderful essence.

Nonetheless, A Quiet Passion could be a challenging watch for younger viewers, with its sober, somber quality. And despite of Nixon's best efforts, Dickinson's source of despair and intractability still feels hard to put a real finger on, making it difficult to identify with her pain, even if we do feel compassion for her.

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