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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $1.6M
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as Juliette Gelbart (Vi...

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as Gideon Rosen

as Dr. Nadir

as Miriam Mitchell

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as Flamenco Guitarist

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as Sotheby's Executive

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as Winning Bidder

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Critic Reviews for A Late Quartet

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (38)

We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Not without its touching moments, A Late Quartet nevertheless can't truly escape the eye-rolling determinism of its script, with only a pragmatic, wry Christopher Walken truly convincing as a man who has lived inextricably bound with his music.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Fan The Fire

If nothing else, A Late Quartet captures the reality of dealing with professional classical musicians.

Full Review… | June 9, 2013
7M Pictures

A classical-music ensemble rosins up the bull in a tone-deaf melodrama that loves its musical metaphors almost has much as it adores afternoon soaps.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Constantly engaging.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Radio Times

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

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.

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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