There's so little drama and conflict involved that the whole film washes over you without making much of an impact.
| Original Score: C
The whole project feels just a little patronising towards the older demographic. Aren't they quaint? Aren't they naughty? Aren't they cheeky?
| Original Score: 3/5
More lethargically paced than even the slowest of its geriatric characters, the movie creeps along with all the dull, inoffensive inevitability of old age.
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's so low-key that it's soporific.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
"Quartet" is polite enough to be short, I'll give it that much.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Much talent and lovely performances are lavished on a creaky, disingenuous story ostensibly about old age
| Original Score: 5
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.
Hoffman, of all people, should have respect enough for Smith to give her something meatier to chew on.
Even Merchant Ivory, purveyors of cinematic porcelain to the gentry, would have hesitated over this particular tea set.
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
A scattering of small, lovely moments, but hardly setting the screen alight, especially with its cop-out ending.
Unlike the devastating portrait of aging in Michael Haneke's Amour, Quartet favors cheeky over honest.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Plays nice -- too nice
A sincere but sloppy piece of work.
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.
Like many actors-turned-filmmakers, first-time director Dustin Hoffman (yes, that Dustin Hoffman) indulges his performers above all else ...