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A Late Quartet (2012)



Critic Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast lends weight and depth to A Late Quartet's melodramatic script, and the result is insightful and emotionally satisfying.

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When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A LATE QUARTET pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.

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Critic Reviews for A Late Quartet

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (38)

We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

The result is a perfectly serviceable, well acted melodrama - but why so serious?

April 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The screenplay by Seth Grossman and Israeli-American director Yaron Zilberman is old-fashioned and melodramatic but stirring in its portrait of people struggling with individual egos to produce something nobler than themselves.

November 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is.

November 29, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque.

November 15, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.

November 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Late Quartet

A quartet's leader falls ill as marital strife hits two other members. Essentially an acting master class, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken all turn in remarkable performances that should be the model for any young actor. Walken, especially, in his later years continues to show a sensitive, emotional side. However, the film is poorly paced. Particularly, after a comic scene in which the stoic, severe Daniel is forced to gather his clothes and slip out the fire escape, we get another tear-ridden scene filled with pop psychology and emotional effusions. What is more, the character look like they've been crying or are about to cry is almost every scene. Overall, though I like the work by the actors, I think a skilled director could have turned this into a truly fine film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Maybe I needed to be a classical music fan in order to enjoy this film. Wonderful actors. Nicely done..but I found the story slow, tedious, and rather pointless.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Movies about violinists aren't usually my thing, but looking over the cast I figured I would give it a shot. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Mike Ivanir star as a string quartet with a lot of drama. 1 is retiring because of Parkinsons, 2 are in a failing marriage, and the other is sleeping with the married couples daughter. It's all made for tv type of stuff, but the performances set it a few steps above. Hoffman shines most, but the rest all do very well. Overall, it is what you would expect. Slow and geared towards a much older audience. It's not a bad movie, but it's not a very entertaining movie either. I liked some parts of it, but was ready for it to be over halfway through. If you like classical music or are much older than 29, then you might like this. Otherwise, wait til your older.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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