A Late Quartet Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts.
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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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Roger Ebert
Detroit News
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Globe and Mail
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 30, 2012
The screenplay by Seth Grossman and Israeli-American director Yaron Zilberman is old-fashioned and melodramatic but stirring in its portrait of people struggling with individual egos to produce something nobler than themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 29, 2012
[It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 15, 2012
The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 12, 2012
Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 9, 2012
For a film that relies so heavily on the lasting power of a classical master, A Late Quartet never really converts any viewers to his church.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 8, 2012
Walken - and Zilberman - shows us how music can utterly transport us to another place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 8, 2012
Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 8, 2012
An auspicious feature debut for a director whose sensitivity to emotional harmonies is as rewarding as his reverence for timeless, transcendent music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 6, 2012
The movie is haut-bourgeois to the bone, but so am I: Let's hear some chamber music and have a little laugh and a cry!
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November 4, 2012
...the very definition of a character driven drama, the performances humbling in their power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2012
Of the cast, the standout is Walken, who gives a performance of superlative grace amid all the hectoring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 2, 2012
The movie doesn't resolve on a sour note, but it takes the viewer along a too-familiar set of tones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 2, 2012
Yaron Zilberman, a documentarian making his feature debut, treads a fine line between farce and drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2012
For those willing to enter this world and pay attention, "A Late Quartet" provides distinct and uncommon satisfactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 1, 2012
Grace notes abound in A Late Quartet, a small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. Walken's performance is heartbreaking, and a master class in the craft of acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 1, 2012
It would be shortsighted to dismiss this deeply felt, musically savvy film, set in a refined cultural precinct of Manhattan, as sudsy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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November 1, 2012
Minor but satisfying ...
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
You don't have to be a classical fan to appreciate the film's air of inside baseball - the ease with which it navigates a hermetic world of people who understand music better than they understand themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 1, 2012
A skillfully performed drama that treats the varieties of musical expression as an effective if unsubtle metaphor for a person's many possible pathways through life.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2012
Although the crises are too precious, the performances are treasures, led by Christopher Walken in a surprisingly gentle, soulful key as the group's senior member.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2012
This lovely drama... is so attentive to the creative nuance and emotional dynamics of classical performance that I was almost disappointed when the story began to move into the various interpersonal conflicts between the players.
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
Zilberman is at his best when leaving narrative threads hanging rather than trying to tie them together.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 1, 2012
A Late Quartet serves as an acting showcase, particularly for Walken and Hoffman, and makes for an interesting study in artistic ego.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
November 1, 2012
Zilberman is breaking no new ground, but he gives his actors strong material and room to breathe. When the playing is strong enough, even a few notes can be as rich as a symphony.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
"A Late Quartet" does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 31, 2012
If you're in the mood to mix highbrow trappings with some bitter arguments, infidelity and face-slapping, screenwriters Yaron Zilberman (who also directs) and Seth Grossman keep things allegro con brio throughout.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 31, 2012
The four leads more often than not transcend the material's calculated moroseness; Ivanir is especially good as a man whose perfectionist facade masks a soul in perpetual turmoil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 31, 2012
The movie sometimes gets stuck in its own awkward groove like a needle on a warped phonograph, but it has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 22, 2012
Adultery, unfulfilled ambition, envy, mother-daughter tensions, disease-all the standard and predictable conflicts are there, as in a soap opera.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2012
Strong performances mark a mildly involving tale of four classical musicians hoping to make it to the next season.
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September 9, 2012
Ultimately, while the performances are very good, the script could have stood a little more restraint.