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  • Summary: The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is then paired with a blind man named Watanabe Mitsuru who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill’s great patience, gentleness and skill eventually wins him over and they become inseparable friends. (Music Box Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    May 22, 2012
    88
    The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 17, 2012
    75
    What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 18, 2012
    70
    Therein lies the essence of this simple, bluntly effective movie. Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    May 14, 2012
    60
    Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 17, 2012
    60
    Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    May 15, 2012
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 16, 2012
    42
    The rigors of identifying and training companion dogs are fascinating, but they would fit more comfortably in a non-fiction format, where nobody has to play pretend. As it stands, the dog is the only creature who acts naturally.

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