• 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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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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The whole project feels just a little patronising towards the older demographic. Aren't they quaint? Aren't they naughty? Aren't they cheeky?

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 4, 2013
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
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

For a movie that aims to make four artists' last spotlit hurrah a revel-worthy moment, Quartet shouldn't urge the viewer to welcome the closing of the curtain.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 2, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It's so low-key that it's soporific.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 24, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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"Quartet" is polite enough to be short, I'll give it that much.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

January 3, 2013
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Though sweet of demeanor, Dustin Hoffman's directoral debut is purely lightweight stuff, built around a flimsy plot and obvious choices every step of the way.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

February 1, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com

Much talent and lovely performances are lavished on a creaky, disingenuous story ostensibly about old age

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 5

January 8, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

No movie starring these actors could possibly be all that bad. But Quartet is tepid when it wants to be sophisticated, a slow-moving, middlebrow endeavor.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 11, 2013
Dan Callahan
House Next Door

Hoffman, of all people, should have respect enough for Smith to give her something meatier to chew on.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

January 2, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Even Merchant Ivory, purveyors of cinematic porcelain to the gentry, would have hesitated over this particular tea set.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A scattering of small, lovely moments, but hardly setting the screen alight, especially with its cop-out ending.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

January 2, 2013
Matt Pais
RedEye

Unlike the devastating portrait of aging in Michael Haneke's Amour, Quartet favors cheeky over honest.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2013
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Unfolds with a respectable, well-heeled polish, seeming to believe that its admittedly wonderful cast lends it an automatic sophistication which inoculates it against charges of tedium.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

February 7, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Plays nice -- too nice

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

February 1, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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A sincere but sloppy piece of work.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 10, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Always cute and breezy, "Quartet" often forgets that its protagonists are in a sobering stage of life, and that there's comedy to be found there as well.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Like many actors-turned-filmmakers, first-time director Dustin Hoffman (yes, that Dustin Hoffman) indulges his performers above all else ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

January 9, 2013
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