• 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.

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Quartet Reviews

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Tom Clift
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: D+

February 4, 2014
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2013
Matthew Korfhage
Willamette Week

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 Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B

December 22, 2013
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

December 22, 2013
Jay Stone
Canada.com

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 Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2013
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

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

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

December 22, 2013
Anthony Quinn
Independent

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2013
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.5/10

December 22, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

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 Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2013
Mark Adams
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 22, 2013
Peter Debruge
Variety
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The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 22, 2013
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

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

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

June 23, 2013
Forrest Hartman
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

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 Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2013
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter

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

Full Review Source: Movies With Butter

March 18, 2013
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

February 21, 2013
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

February 20, 2013
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

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

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 5/5

February 15, 2013
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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 Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 15, 2013
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