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Unfinished Song (2013)


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

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

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 10

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


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 4,447


Movie Info

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

PG-13 (for some sexual references and rude gestures)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Sep 24, 2013
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Unfinished Song

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (33) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | July 5, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
Top Critic

The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

[A] modest, tear-jerking charmer ... Just don't expect too much more than what shows on its paint-by-numbers surface.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2013

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2013

Cheap laughs and forced sentimentality taint Redgrave and Stamp

Full Review… | July 19, 2013
Movie Habit

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013

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

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Such predictable ingredients get stale all too quickly.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013

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

Full Review… | July 2, 2013

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

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
National Post

Terence Stamp is a rock star.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

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