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Unfinished Song (2013)

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64

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 33

It's unabashedly sentimental, but thanks to reliably powerful performances from a well-rounded veteran cast, Unfinished Song proves a sweetly compelling character piece.

64

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 10

It's unabashedly sentimental, but thanks to reliably powerful performances from a well-rounded veteran cast, Unfinished Song proves a sweetly compelling character piece.

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UNFINISHED SONG is the funny and uplifting story of Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). This unexpected friendship and his discovery of music revitalizes Arthur's passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age. (c) Weinstein

Sep 24, 2013

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The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of "Unfinished Song" forgivable.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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[A] modest, tear-jerking charmer ... Just don't expect too much more than what shows on its paint-by-numbers surface.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp and those voices - their solos contain this picture like carved book-ends, vintage and lovely and still so profoundly of use.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Stamp and Redgrave elevate adequate material into something special every time they share the screen. Be forewarned that the musical number that closes the film is guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: ArtVoice

The simple fact is that Unfinished Song works on nearly every level -- thanks in large part to the presence of Terence Stamp and the always remarkable Vanessa Redgrave.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Redgrave, like her character, is a dynamic presence when she's there and sorely missed when she's gone.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's a sweet and well-cast film, but it's also unevenly paced and never quite rises above mediocrity.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Cheap laughs and forced sentimentality taint Redgrave and Stamp

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Inspiring & genuinely moving. Terence Stamp gives an all-time best, Oscar-worthy performance.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Unfinished Song is easy to swallow and entirely void of awkward lumps. It even nourishes the soul at some base level thanks to the superlative performances from the highly laurelled cast.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

It boasts two beautiful performances from Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Such predictable ingredients get stale all too quickly.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Williams isn't going to offer anything but the most expected answer in the most expected fashion.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Simplistic, but blessedly so, Song is only out to warm up its audience, inducing tears and smiles as three actors keep the production palatable despite its serious lean toward a manipulative disaster.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Unfinished Song is shameless hokum, but it should please its target audience.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
tonymacklin.net

If Mr. Holland's Opus and the senior singers documentary Young@Heart had a baby, this would be it.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Terence Stamp is a rock star.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Unfinished Song

A Song for Marion sounds like and looks like one of those sickly sweat British drama/comedies that pull on the heartstrings, give a false representation of British life for the sake of an American audience and generally do well but are in reality quite dreadful. It's not any of those things although at times it comes dangerously close. Firstly, the director is a trustworthy one. Paul Andrew Williams is good at what he does and isn't a sell out. Secondly, Gemma Arterton aside, the cast is great; Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave are both perfect in their roles and both give an honest and rewarding performance. I didn't care for the ending too much but it worked. It did pull on the heartstrings but not gratuitously. Apart from the fact I wanted Stamp to turn around and shout "Kneel before Zod" and he didn't, I can't say I was the least bit disappointed. Recommended.
November 11, 2013
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When singing enthusiast Redgrave passes away, her insular husband, Stamp, reluctantly joins her vocal group as they prepare for a national choir contest.


The plot may seem at the outset little more than "'Pitch Perfect' for pensioners", and will likely be marketed as such, but 'Song For Marion' is by no means a laugh out loud comedy. There's a tender drama about reconciliation, growing old, and facing death wrestling the more commercial choir-contest story-line with the early scenes between Stamp and an unrecognizable Redgrave resembling a gentler take on 'Amour'. The veteran pair are fantastic and, unfortunately, the film loses something once Redgrave exits the proceedings.
Every few years, the British film industry discovers a new market and proceeds to over-saturate it. Ten years or so ago we had a spate of films aimed at Britain's huge Asian community and, recently, thanks mainly to the success of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', we're seeing film-makers cater for an audience that's become known as "the grey pound". Most of these films, however, focus on elderly people behaving like young people, little more than contemporary non sci-fi takes on 'Cocoon'. It still seems to be a cinematic taboo to show old people as they really are, wrinkles and all, if you will.

'Song For Marion' suffers from an awkward juxtaposition of comedy and drama and relies on a cliched story-line but its quality cast make it watchable. The moment when Redgrave sings Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors' to a disgruntled Stamp, despite the cheesiness of such a premise, manages to be one of the most touching moments you'll likely see this year.
February 5, 2013
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