Quartet Reviews

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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 22, 2013
The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 7, 2013
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 25, 2013
"Quartet" is one of those movies that looks so effortless, it's easy to forget just how much could have gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 25, 2013
'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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2013
Hoffman, in his directorial debut, has crafted a hopeful movie with a warm atmosphere, but one that's realistic, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 24, 2013
The premise may sound insufferable, but this light comedy about a nursing home for retired classical musicians isn't half-bad.
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 24, 2013
Whatever his imprint on the film might be, it's overshadowed by the performances of its stellar, veteran cast, to whom Hoffman wisely gives ample rein.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 24, 2013
Stay for the credits; they're a lovely, poignant reminder of the passage of time, and of lives spent immersed in art and music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 24, 2013
Hoffman directs with elegance, allowing the denizens to be dignified, as well as adorable. We get a strong sense of each major character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 24, 2013
In his first attempt at directing since Straight Time, Hoffman makes this bauble shine by buffing out some of its sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2013
Quartet shows us how art illuminates our lives, and shows us artists and performers who can still, after all these years, do some illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 24, 2013
Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is simply an old-fashioned charmer, relying on the considerable talents and charms of its seasoned British cast to win you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sarah Bryan Miller
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 24, 2013
Hoffman trusts his actors, and directs this thoughtful comedy with a sure hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 24, 2013
"Quartet" is about what happens when a performing artist's physical gifts start to fail with the years; whether acceptance or resistance is the wisest response; where to put one's pride. The movie just couches these issues in a cozy love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 24, 2013
The material settles for amiably familiar observations about the difficulties of growing old and the glories of being surrounded by beautiful music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 24, 2013
It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2013
Masterpiece Theatre comfort food, a chance to watch fine actors act without too many complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 17, 2013
Quartet is a bit shameless in its approach, but for those who enjoy a whimsical drama that includes scenery chewing from grand dames and hammy fellows, it's a welcome if often predictable treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 11, 2013
The characters in Quartet may be on their way out, but they aren't giving up without a fight.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 11, 2013
A mild but perfectly pleasant entertainment from playwright Ronald Harwood and Dustin Hoffman, staying offscreen here to make his directing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 11, 2013
'Quartet" isn't a penetrating inquiry into aging. Who wants that? We all know the facts, so let's not begrudge some fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 10, 2013
This is a lovely film directed with delicacy and taste, profoundly alive to the rhythms of its actors and characters, which gives its superlative British cast of stage and screen legends the time and space they deserve.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2013
Mr. Hoffman's direction is impeccable, John de Borman's camera bathes the story in warm radiance, and the end credits are not to be missed, since they reveal who's really who in the supporting cast.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 10, 2013
A sincere but sloppy piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 10, 2013
Hoffman uses all he's learned as a virtuoso actor to shape a film of flesh-and-blood characters, flushed with humor and tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 10, 2013
Everyone onscreen is experienced enough to realize that we create our own fates, regardless of the directions in which we are pushed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 10, 2013
A genial bore, full of underplayed drama and mildly frisky comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 9, 2013
Like many actors-turned-filmmakers, first-time director Dustin Hoffman (yes, that Dustin Hoffman) indulges his performers above all else ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2013
Quartet knows just the tune to soothe its mature target audience ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 9, 2013
The straightforward screenplay is elevated considerably by a series of sterling performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 9, 2013
The result is a movie of enormous intelligence.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 9, 2013
Sentimental and pandering ...
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 8, 2013
As for Hoffman's direction, the aforementioned montage notwithstanding, it's unobtrusive but not invisible ... and the ending is pretty much perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
January 3, 2013
"Quartet" is polite enough to be short, I'll give it that much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 26, 2012
A host of supporting actors played by singers and musicians grounds its more farcical and rarefied elements in white-haired reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 24, 2012
Terribly cloying and cutesy.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2012
"Quartet" is very much a performance piece, which plays to Hoffman's strength - as an actor he knows when to allow this excellent ensemble breathing room and when to tighten the belt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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December 4, 2012
A big-hearted and veddy English chamber piece, never mind that it was directed - respectfully and with love - by famous Yank Dustin Hoffman.