Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31

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  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 1, 2013
    60
    Measured performances from the seasoned cast balance out a script that errs towards the melodramatic. Hours sweating over those instruments pay dividends too.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 14, 2012
    60
    The sort of movie you should go see with someone you love. You should also hold their hand during the movie. And be thankful that that hand is there.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 1, 2012
    60
    Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film. It leaves this melancholy mood piece with some beautiful moments, but unlike Beethoven's work, A Late Quartet ultimately feels unfinished.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 31, 2012
    60
    The four leads more often than not transcend the material's calculated moroseness; Ivanir is especially good as a man whose perfectionist facade masks a soul in perpetual turmoil.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Sep 11, 2012
    60
    The film mines both the relationship issues and the Upper East Side neighborhoods of Woody Allen's best work, but could use an added dose of the Woodster's jokes to spruce up a self-serious scenario that hits the right notes about half the time.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 14, 2012
    50
    A Late Quartet overplays its bass line and loses sight of the melody, making for a movie that is heavy-handed and sluggish. It remains earthbound when it should soar.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 12, 2012
    50
    Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.
  8. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Nov 9, 2012
    50
    Watching A Late Quartet feels more like sitting through a Classical Music 101 lecture than entertainment.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Oct 31, 2012
    50
    A muted soap opera masquerading as erudite ensemble piece, Yaron Zilberman's A Late Quartet jettisons character plausibility in favor of pop psychology and leaden instrument analogies.
  10. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Oct 27, 2012
    50
    The scenes of the musicians rehearsing or talking about music, with the actors playing parts of Opus 131 themselves (the longer stretches are played by the Brentano Quartet), are fascinating and moving for anyone who loves this music; the rest of the movie is conventional.
  11. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 11, 2012
    50
    The trio (Hoffman/Keener/Walken) give top shelf performances as we've always come to expect from them in A Late Quartet. But it's just too bad that they're in service of Yaron Zilberman's film, which takes the unique focus of a string quartet in Manhattan, and puts it in the middle of a standard and unsatisfying soap opera, that spins off into one subplot too many.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    8
    What a wonderful surprise. The performances in this film are so good it beggars belief that no member of the cast garnered any recognition,What a wonderful surprise. The performances in this film are so good it beggars belief that no member of the cast garnered any recognition, anywhere. Indeed the film has somehow gone right under the radar. It may be Christopher Walken's best performance in an age; it's so refreshing to see him break at last from lunatic typecasting and bring to life a sensitive musician blanketed in grief and confronting darkness. Hoffman is amazing, along with the whole cast. There are so many richly written scenes in this film, played out by such superb actors, that you can't help be swept up in the turmoil of their relationships. A real achievement. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    One of the best of the year, with possible Oscar nods for Walken Hoffman, Keener and Poots. The story was varied and fascinating and it nicelyOne of the best of the year, with possible Oscar nods for Walken Hoffman, Keener and Poots. The story was varied and fascinating and it nicely gave time to each character's struggle. Exciting shots of NYC, great music, and nice work by the cast to make us believe they were really playing. Full Review »
  3. Nov 11, 2012
    10
    This is a terrific film. It is well-written and directed by one of the screenwriters (Zilberman). The acting is superb, especially by SeymourThis is a terrific film. It is well-written and directed by one of the screenwriters (Zilberman). The acting is superb, especially by Seymour and Walken. It is a story of relationships, starting with individual needs and desires and strengths and weaknesses, but all held together when they are one in a string quartet. It demonstrates the individuality of four people who are then welded together to produce a great unit producing lovely music. The whole cannot function without the individuals, a microcosm of society in general. The story begins with the deterioration of Walken who is the glue that holds them all together, and then the unit falls further apart only to come together at the end in a great final scene. This film will not receive thenumber of viewers it should, which will be a great loss for those who do not see it, and a great film for those who do. Full Review »