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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30

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  1. 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 odd more cha...bye!
  2. 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 is painfully slow, and the ending is a cop out.
  3. Jul 14, 2013
    5
    The Quartet is a well-made, but in the end thin feelgood story about aging. The story is based on a play script. This gives the scenes static feel and drag the movie instead of moving it forward. As summary, there just isn't enough in the mix to keep viewer intrigued.
  4. Jul 7, 2013
    7
    There seems to be a rapid influx of films about elderly characters learning to find something worth living for, from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to Song for Marion (Unfinished Song for those in the US). Add Quartet to this bunch but put it at the top because this film is a treat from start to finish. Quartet tells the story of the men and women who live in a retirement home for old musicians and are preparing for an annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. These plans are disrupted by the arrival of Jean (Maggie Smith), a famous classical singer who has a history with Reg (Tom Courtenay), one that affects not just Jean, Reg, Wilf (Billy Connelly doing some of his best work to date) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) but the concert as well. Quartet is an oddity because it is a relatively safe film for first time director Dustin Hoffman but he shows a knack for character and how to frame a scene that impresses. Each character is smartly written and performed wonderfully by the Quartet of actors. Every character in the film feels like a person and not a pre written stereotype designed to progress the story, Quartet isn't really about the story its about the interaction and how to see life in a different way. The film isn't about the retirement home but the people in it and the relationships the form while there, something Hoffman emphasises through his direction. Hoffman's skill as a director brings out the best in his performers and the highlight has to be Billy Connelly's Wilf who is the resident joker at the home but is also a devoted friend who isn't afraid to deliver some much needed brutal honesty to a few characters in dire need of a boot up the arse. Maggie Smith is reliable as always but she doesn't shine the same way Connelly and Courtenay shine. Courtenay is terrific as the heart on his sleeve Reg who doesn't so much regret getting old, he regrets his past and just wants to hide away from it and enjoy the time he has left, something that proves hard following the arrival of Jean. It's a film that injects humour and heart into a story that feels like it has been told before, just not in as much detail. The idea that life goes on is not a new concept but by framing the film around a concert that could be considered a last hurrah the film thrives in its message of optimism and living life to the full. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2013
    7
    This year's "Exotic Marigold Hotel" in so many ways: a group of (even more) elderly interact, look back at their lives and face the inevitable with pluck, grace and humor. This time, they're residents of a home for retired musicians and opera singers. Everyone is preparing for the annual fundraiser, when a grand diva (Maggie Smith) arrives and, of course, refuses to sing. The cast (including many real retired musicians) finds great fun in the lively performances by Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins. Director Dustin Hoffman has kept things rolling along with a sprightly pace, lots of energy and minimal serious moments. Although it's really just a trifle and totally predictable, the performances and direction combine to make it a sweet charmer for the 50+ set. Expand
  6. Jan 31, 2013
    6
    A cinema-going of this feel-good crowder-pleaser from Dustin Hoffman
  7. Jan 25, 2013
    3
    Dustin Hoffman is making his directorial debut at the age of 75 with
  8. Jan 13, 2013
    7
    Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly are excellent, but the film as a whole is a bit shallow for me. It's a pleasant diversion, but not something that I'll remember come the end of the year. It scratches the surface of some interesting issues - professional life's demands vs. personal life, marriage / infidelity, the fact that growing old isn't for sissies. I just think that a film like Marigold Hotel nailed this sort of thing in a more complete and satisfying way, and Amour was such a searing illustration of growing old in a marriage, that this film, unfortunately, suffers by comparison. Collapse
  9. 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 the show he is so funny some great music and amazing singing by some really talented stars well worth a watch.
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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)