• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Dustin Hoffman
  • In Theaters:    Jan 11, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Jun 18, 2013
  • The Weinstein Co.

Quartet Reviews

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Tom Clift
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014

More lethargically paced than even the slowest of its geriatric characters, the movie creeps along with all the dull, inoffensive inevitability of old age.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Korfhage
Willamette Week
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
December 22, 2013

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.

Jay Stone
Canada.com
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
December 22, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Chris Knight
National Post
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Adams
Screen International
December 22, 2013

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.

Peter Debruge
Variety
Top Critic
December 22, 2013

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

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
December 22, 2013

Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.

Tim Holland
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 23, 2013

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.

Forrest Hartman
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
June 18, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 18, 2013

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

Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
February 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
February 20, 2013

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.

Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 15, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
February 15, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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