A Late Quartet Reviews

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Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts.
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
Not without its touching moments, A Late Quartet nevertheless can't truly escape the eye-rolling determinism of its script, with only a pragmatic, wry Christopher Walken truly convincing as a man who has lived inextricably bound with his music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013
If nothing else, A Late Quartet captures the reality of dealing with professional classical musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
A classical-music ensemble rosins up the bull in a tone-deaf melodrama that loves its musical metaphors almost has much as it adores afternoon soaps.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 12, 2013
Constantly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2013
One might expect a film set in the high culture world of classical music to come up with a more sophisticated metaphor for the insecurities of a violinist than having him worry about always playing second fiddle in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 8, 2013
A Late Quartet is visually and musically rich. But above all there are the performances, individually and as an ensemble, and they're pitch perfect.
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
April 7, 2013
Impressive, superior drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 5, 2013
While this film has some bracingly strong observations on the nature of long-term professional and personal relationships, it also feels somewhat theatrical in the way its story develops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 5, 2013
It is not flawless but it makes you watch, and listen, closely throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
April 5, 2013
It isn't great art, but it is patterned after great art, and there are worse ways to make a film than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 4, 2013
The film offers first-rate, mostly middle-aged actors in an intelligent screenplay that's decently crafted, covers interesting but unfamiliar ground and has a worthwhile central idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 4, 2013
[L]ays on [its] metaphor a little too thickly, [but] all is preforgiven... by the sheer joy of getting to watch Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Philip Seymour Hoffman rattle around one another...
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 4, 2013
Wants to be Bergman, ends up more like a burgundy-hued Sunset Beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 4, 2013
The picture's really about the trials and joys of performing for a living so it's no surprise that it has attracted such a fine cast, nor that its principal virtue lies in the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 4, 2013
A movie with clarity and grownup complexity.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 4, 2013
Insightful and incandescent, this is a film for both music lovers and movie lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 4, 2013
This skilfully constructed, beautifully performed drama will satisfy audiences looking for smart, intelligent filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 4, 2013
Engaging drama, enlivened by a trio of terrific performances from Hoffman, Keener and Walken, though the script occasionally feels a little contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 4, 2013
The result is a perfectly serviceable, well acted melodrama - but why so serious?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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