• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Yaron Zilberman
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 5, 2013
  • Entertainment One

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A Late Quartet Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

Yaron Zilberman's soap opera jettisons character plausibility in favor of pop psychology and leaden instrument analogies.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2012
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

A Late Quartet features good performers and good dramatic intentions, but is too joyless, unpleasant, and inauthentic in its presentation and discussions of music to make any sort of impact.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4.5/10

November 15, 2012
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

"A Late Quartet" has the start of an interesting idea. However, this film has two major factors that prevent it from achieving [its] goal: an overdose of melodrama and storylines that don't mesh, or even feel like they should be in the same movie.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2012
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2013
David Sexton
This is London

A Late Quartet is slow, talky, and a bit too knowing and explicit.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

September 14, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A fine idea, poorly executed, it would have been called "Ode to Sorrow" if Beethoven had written it.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

November 8, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 1, 2012
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters

...Zilberman loses focus on the quartet's taut interplay, reverting instead to melodrama.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

November 2, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Wants to be Bergman, ends up more like a burgundy-hued Sunset Beach.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If nothing else, A Late Quartet captures the reality of dealing with professional classical musicians.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 9, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Unless you're channeling the forgiving spirit of Casals, I'm afraid this one hits too many off notes to recommend.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2012
John Anderson
Newsday
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Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 8, 2012
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Great cast does its best to elevate A Late Quartet

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 16, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The passion of Beethoven's final major compositions fails to heat up this tepid soap opera.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

A first-rate cast makes some beautiful music in this otherwise shallow and contrived melodrama.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

November 22, 2012

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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2013
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The performances from the leads are strong all around, but they are restricted by the limitations of the multiple, transparent conflicts.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A half-glass of a movie, full of superlative performances and sublime music but empty when it comes to a story rife with melodrama and trite plot conventions.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

There are pleasures to be had...The question is whether those are sufficient to warrant sitting through the rest of it.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

November 2, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR.org
January 22, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 22, 2013
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
January 22, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 22, 2013
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