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

A Late Quartet Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
November 15, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4.5/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
November 15, 2012

"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
David Sexton
This is London
September 14, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
November 12, 2012

Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 8, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
November 2, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

Unless you're channeling the forgiving spirit of Casals, I'm afraid this one hits too many off notes to recommend.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic
November 8, 2012

Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 16, 2012

Great cast does its best to elevate A Late Quartet

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

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012

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

Alistair Harkness
Scotsman
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
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 1, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
November 2, 2012

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

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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