Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Bryan Miller
    Jan 25, 2013
    88
    They have the perfect supporting cast, made up of a group of exceptional real-life musicians: retired members of orchestras and opera companies, and a pianist bristling with the suppressed impatience of the longtime accompanist. (To see who they are, stick around for the credits.)
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 8, 2013
    88
    The result is a movie of enormous intelligence.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 24, 2013
    80
    Hoffman wisely gives his actors plenty of room to maneuver, and that they do. It's surprisingly fun to watch them play against each other. It's not as if you're going to learn anything new from Quartet. It's too straightforward for that. But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy seeing old pros at work. And you won't be exhausted by the end of it.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 11, 2013
    80
    This is a lovely film directed with delicacy and taste, profoundly alive to the rhythms of its actors and characters, which gives its superlative British cast of stage and screen legends the time and space they deserve.
  5. 75
    It's a celebration of great old actors set in a world of once-great singers, and Hoffman's affection for them and the material shows in every frame.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Smoothly navigating the perilous line between insufferably twee and heartbreakingly grim, Quartet is a subtle, sure-footed delight.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Quartet is endearing, sometimes even irresistible.
  8. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Quartet is buoyed by the Scottish charm of Billy Connolly, as a lovable flirt and extrovert - he is a delight and also a locus of truth in every scene he's in.
  9. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Despite all this hokum, Quartet is amusing and heartwarming.
  10. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    And that, in the end, is what Quartet is about: determined engagement, embracing music and theater and the arts, and embracing the friends and loved ones you have around you.
  11. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Quartet is truly an actor's film.
  12. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Hoffman and Harwood aren't afraid to show us old people who are rude, demanding, unreasonable and foolish, though the final overall mood remains blissful. Hoffman might have more to say as a director, if anyone in Hollywood cares to find out.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 11, 2013
    75
    What gives the movie its poignancy – what turns it into something more than a polite entertainment – is Smith's role. Or, to be more exact, her performance, in tandem with Courtenay's.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 10, 2013
    75
    The line between honey and syrup is a fine one, I'll grant you, but "Best Exotic Marigold" was on the wrong side of it. Quartet carries a noble glow, as serene and beautiful as sunset.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 10, 2013
    75
    The actors are world-class charmers, and the magnificent Dame Maggie is the diva divine. Her wit still stings, as it does on "Downton Abbey."
  16. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 10, 2013
    75
    There's little in the basic narrative to grasp and hold the viewer's attention, but the way the lines are delivered and the charisma of the performers lend charm and substance to the overall viewing experience.
  17. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 9, 2013
    75
    Dustin Hoffman, a 75-year-old first-time feature director better known as a great old acting pro, conducts at a pleasant tempo.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 10, 2013
    70
    It's a privilege to watch peerless actors at the peak of their powers.
  19. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Dec 7, 2012
    70
    Personally, I'd show up for Maggie Smith's top-drawer basilisk stare if she were guesting on "Sesame Street."
  20. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 6, 2012
    70
    Quartet is very much a performance piece, which plays to Hoffman's strength - as an actor he knows when to allow this excellent ensemble breathing room and when to tighten the belt.
  21. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Jan 24, 2013
    67
    Charming, funny, and sentimental, the film is exactly what you expect it to be, but very satisfying in achieving that goal.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 24, 2013
    63
    Quartet is a sweet-tempered, rather fuddly drama about retired opera singers, and compared to a slick crowd-pleaser like "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," with whom it shares a star and a sentimentalized view of old age, it's a mess.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 24, 2013
    63
    The material settles for amiably familiar observations about the difficulties of growing old and the glories of being surrounded by beautiful music.
  24. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 24, 2013
    63
    This movie will no doubt be pitched to the same audiences that loved "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." It even brings Maggie Smith along. But it lacks that film's life, intelligence and spirit. It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds.
  25. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jan 17, 2013
    63
    Essentially Masterpiece Theatre comfort food, a chance to watch fine actors act without too many complications.
  26. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 10, 2013
    60
    Music lovers will appreciate both the score and the nostalgic end credits, which revisit the early years of the aged supporting cast (many of whom were actual musicians).
  27. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Dec 31, 2012
    60
    A frothy and often charming directorial effort from Hoffman, his first in a Hollywood career that's spanned five decades, that will keep Downton fans happy.
  28. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Dec 11, 2012
    60
    As cozy as a mug of Horlicks inside an electric blanket, Hoffman's film couldn't offend if it tried. Age, however, has yet to wither its veterans' undimmed star appeal.
  29. Reviewed by:  Catherine Shoard
    Dec 4, 2012
    60
    Hoffman has delivered a love letter to the elderly thesps of his adoptive country. We can forgive him its falsehoods.
  30. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 10, 2013
    50
    A sincere but sloppy piece of work. Mr. Hoffman dotes on his cast of first-rate British actors of a certain age - and invites us to savor their energy and professionalism. This is not difficult, though the efforts of these fine actors might have yielded greater delight if they had been given more to do.
  31. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 9, 2013
    50
    Quartet falls into the common actor-turned-director trap of valuing the performances of fellow actors over all other aesthetic concerns.
  32. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Dec 31, 2012
    50
    Quartet is a hard film to dislike entirely, thanks principally to the charms of its cast.
  33. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 11, 2012
    50
    Sentimental and pandering.
  34. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 1, 2013
    40
    More seriously -- and substantively -- "A Late Quartet" was a quiet but thoughtful meditation on the power, and the necessary pain, of human connections. By comparison, Quartet is a flimsy bit of cinematic puffery that takes every obvious path on its way to its even more obvious "seize-the-day" message.
  35. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 9, 2013
    40
    The curtain can't come down fast enough.
  36. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Dec 3, 2012
    38
    For a movie that aims to make four artists' last spotlit hurrah a revel-worthy moment, Quartet shouldn't urge the viewer to welcome the closing of the curtain.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jan 3, 2013
    10
    What a brilliant film very funny Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay ,Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins are great but for me Billy Connolly steals theWhat a brilliant film very funny Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay ,Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins are great but for me Billy Connolly steals the show he is so funny some great music and amazing singing by some really talented stars well worth a watch. Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2014
    1
    If I could find a word of 150 characters (the minimum required of a review) that meant "Appalling" I'd use it. Oh god, and i still need 50 oddIf I could find a word of 150 characters (the minimum required of a review) that meant "Appalling" I'd use it. Oh god, and i still need 50 odd more cha...bye! Full Review »
  3. Apr 13, 2014
    4
    Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet is beautifully shot and the acting is on the good side, but the story is tedious, the movie isDustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet is beautifully shot and the acting is on the good side, but the story is tedious, the movie is painfully slow, and the ending is a cop out. Full Review »