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Quartet (2013)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 107 | Rotten: 28

It's sweet, gentle, and predictable to a fault, but Dustin Hoffman's affectionate direction and the talented cast's amiable charm make Quartet too difficult to resist.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 7

It's sweet, gentle, and predictable to a fault, but Dustin Hoffman's affectionate direction and the talented cast's amiable charm make Quartet too difficult to resist.



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Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star


Drama, Comedy

Jun 18, 2013


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All Critics (135) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (28)

The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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The first thing to note is that Hoffman has apparently had a grand time working with these professionals, all of whom as residents of the home are splendid.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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"Quartet" is one of those movies that looks so effortless, it's easy to forget just how much could have gone wrong.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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'Quartet" is a lovely little charm bracelet of a film, a fairy tale for the geriatric set blessed with a wonderful cast and a carry-on attitude.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Hoffman, in his directorial debut, has crafted a hopeful movie with a warm atmosphere, but one that's realistic, too.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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More lethargically paced than even the slowest of its geriatric characters, the movie creeps along with all the dull, inoffensive inevitability of old age.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Will she, or won't she, join the others on stage in a quartet rendition of Verdi? Not to worry: it all unravels splendidly in this teeth-in-a-glass comedic drama.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

While Hoffman seems very aware he's gently closing the book on an entire generation of entertainers, he nonetheless allows them to do what they've always done best: be entertaining.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

If this film is any indication of {Hoffman] creative capacity as a director, one can only hope that he will pursue his third act with as much vigor as his first.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Beyond the Masterpiece Theatre set design there lies a cunning tribute to the easy command of experienced actors and to the art that brought them there.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source:

There's so little drama and conflict involved that the whole film washes over you without making much of an impact.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

As portraits of old age go, Quartet is better than that other recent retirement comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but only in the way a touch of lumbago is better than shingles.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

This film about four retired opera singers who regroup in their old age is as brilliant and lovingly composed as the operatic pieces that soar through the background. In short, it leaves longing for an encore.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

There's a joy in watching seasoned performers play off one another, provided you don't get confused (as my seatmate did at the screening) and think this is Harry Potter and the Teachers' Lounge.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is an affectionate, moving and charming film that offers a series of wonderful roles for a distinguished cast of veteran British performers.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A slight but immensely charming romantic comedy that is perfectly performed by a regal cast headlined by Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For all the references to its characters' infirmities, Quartet delivers quite a cosy and light-hearted version of old age, but Hoffman's deft direction and his cast's note-perfect performances make it enormously entertaining.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Dustin Hoffman waited 75 years for his directorial debut, and the resulting film makes one wish he had stepped behind the camera decades earlier.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

A quick and charming story of late life revival so surprisingly lithe you'd hardly believe it was a directorial debut.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies With Butter
Movies With Butter

Dustin Hoffman, directing a film for the first time, gives us a film as comfortable as an old stuffed chair.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

The point isn't that Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut suffers in comparison with other films about old age, such as Amour. The point is that it's so spectacularly silly and sentimental, it simply suffers in comparison with other films.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

After Quartet, actor/director Dustin Hoffman should never direct again. Perfection like this cannot be repeated, and from here, everything is downhill.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

As the film's characters are reaching the end of their lives, loose ends will be tied and soul searching will be done. Hoffman gracefully orchestrates the story's emotional arc. Quartet is a lovely late-career surprise from a master actor.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Quartet

I loved this movie despite the fact that I knew where it was going almost immediately. But, hey, a home full of retired musicians who still manage to make not-so-warbly music? I understand there is such a home in Milan, Verdi House, which Verdi actually built to shelter singers older than 65 who are in dire straits. Anyway, it's a beautiful if disturbing look at getting old--beautiful because of the setting and soundtrack, disturbing because it's a lot more than a loss of physical gifts that makes aging such a b*h.
January 29, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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I suspect Dustin Hoffman got his assistant director to do most of the directing as in the 'blooper reel' it was someone else shouting cut etc. I may be wrong. Anyway, the Quartet of actors are great although it is Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins who are the real ones to watch. The support comes from an array of theatre actors and musicians which was lovely to see, particularly in the end credits. The story is good, although the big Gala climax is a bit of a let down ('Tickets will sell like hot cakes' - only about 50 people in the room). It's nice. I'm afraid nice is probably the only suitable word for it, not that there is anything wrong with nice - far from it. It's just that I think it could have been....nicer!
July 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

Great cast, Fantastic acting but not a fantastic movie. It's disappointing i wanted more comedy and i wanted to know more about each character.
If it wasnt for Billy Connolly bringing the comedy then i probably would have liked this movie even less.
May 13, 2013
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

A trifling mediocrity. "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, has all the depth and complexity of a Hallmark greeting card. Sickeningly sentimental but charming at times. It's completely baffling why Hoffman would lower himself to the level of ordinary schmaltz.
March 27, 2013
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    1. Jean: You must understand, I was someone once.
    – Submitted by Christine H (14 months ago)
    1. Dr. Lucy Cogan: We have the chair lift, which will be much easier for you.
    2. Jean: What do I do when I get to the top, ski down?
    – Submitted by Thomas R (15 months ago)
    1. Dr. Lucy Cogan: The room has a beautiful suite in what we call the B-room.
    2. Jean: Sounds like a prison.
    – Submitted by Thomas R (15 months ago)
    1. Jean: Are you telling me to go home and smell the roses?
    – Submitted by Chris P (15 months ago)
    1. Jean: You must understand, I was someone once.
    – Submitted by Chris P (15 months ago)
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