• 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

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
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

February 7, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Quartet" is one of those movies that looks so effortless, it's easy to forget just how much could have gone wrong.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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'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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

January 25, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hoffman, in his directorial debut, has crafted a hopeful movie with a warm atmosphere, but one that's realistic, too.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The premise may sound insufferable, but this light comedy about a nursing home for retired classical musicians isn't half-bad.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 24, 2013
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 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
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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In his first attempt at directing since Straight Time, Hoffman makes this bauble shine by buffing out some of its sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2013
Sarah Bryan Miller
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Hoffman trusts his actors, and directs this thoughtful comedy with a sure hand.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The material settles for amiably familiar observations about the difficulties of growing old and the glories of being surrounded by beautiful music.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Masterpiece Theatre comfort food, a chance to watch fine actors act without too many complications.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 17, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The characters in Quartet may be on their way out, but they aren't giving up without a fight.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

January 11, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A mild but perfectly pleasant entertainment from playwright Ronald Harwood and Dustin Hoffman, staying offscreen here to make his directing debut.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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'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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 10, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 10, 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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Everyone onscreen is experienced enough to realize that we create our own fates, regardless of the directions in which we are pushed.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Quartet knows just the tune to soothe its mature target audience ...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 9, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The straightforward screenplay is elevated considerably by a series of sterling performances.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The result is a movie of enormous intelligence.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 9, 2013
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Sentimental and pandering ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 9, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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As for Hoffman's direction, the aforementioned montage notwithstanding, it's unobtrusive but not invisible ... and the ending is pretty much perfect.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

January 8, 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
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A host of supporting actors played by singers and musicians grounds its more farcical and rarefied elements in white-haired reality.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Terribly cloying and cutesy.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 24, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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A big-hearted and veddy English chamber piece, never mind that it was directed - respectfully and with love - by famous Yank Dustin Hoffman.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 4, 2012
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