Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.
Andy Webster - New York Times
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?
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
It's possible to love one of these movies and hate the other...
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Charming subtitled drama shows healing power of dogs.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Quill is a drama that feels like a documentary . . . or vice versa. And that makes it kind of a strange animal.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
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.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
[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.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Wonderful, emotionally wrenching charmer is an absolute must-see for dog-lovers of all ages.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
It's a wonderful film, though, which is - oddly - only now getting a very limited release, eight years after its Japanese debut.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A heart-affecting Japanese film about a patient, skilled, and loving seeing-eye dog and his brief life of service.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
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.
Matt Singer - Time Out New York
A documentary-style drama portraying the training of a seeing-eye dog is sentimental and convincingly acted by both human beings and Labs
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
- Jam! Movies
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.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
...this is the sort of movie kids will probably enjoy more than adults...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews