• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Yaron Zilberman
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 5, 2013
  • Entertainment One

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A Late Quartet Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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The result is a perfectly serviceable, well acted melodrama - but why so serious?

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

April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

January 22, 2013

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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[It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 29, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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For a film that relies so heavily on the lasting power of a classical master, A Late Quartet never really converts any viewers to his church.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Walken - and Zilberman - shows us how music can utterly transport us to another place.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2012
John Anderson
Newsday
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Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 8, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An auspicious feature debut for a director whose sensitivity to emotional harmonies is as rewarding as his reverence for timeless, transcendent music.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie is haut-bourgeois to the bone, but so am I: Let's hear some chamber music and have a little laugh and a cry!

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 6, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
Film.com
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...the very definition of a character driven drama, the performances humbling in their power.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B

November 4, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Of the cast, the standout is Walken, who gives a performance of superlative grace amid all the hectoring.

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

November 2, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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The movie doesn't resolve on a sour note, but it takes the viewer along a too-familiar set of tones.

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

November 2, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Unless you're channeling the forgiving spirit of Casals, I'm afraid this one hits too many off notes to recommend.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Yaron Zilberman, a documentarian making his feature debut, treads a fine line between farce and drama ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 2, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A half-glass of a movie, full of superlative performances and sublime music but empty when it comes to a story rife with melodrama and trite plot conventions.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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For those willing to enter this world and pay attention, "A Late Quartet" provides distinct and uncommon satisfactions.

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

November 1, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 1, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Grace notes abound in A Late Quartet, a small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. Walken's performance is heartbreaking, and a master class in the craft of acting.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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It would be shortsighted to dismiss this deeply felt, musically savvy film, set in a refined cultural precinct of Manhattan, as sudsy melodrama.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 1, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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Minor but satisfying ...

Full Review Source: NPR

November 1, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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You don't have to be a classical fan to appreciate the film's air of inside baseball - the ease with which it navigates a hermetic world of people who understand music better than they understand themselves.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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A skillfully performed drama that treats the varieties of musical expression as an effective if unsubtle metaphor for a person's many possible pathways through life.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 1, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Although the crises are too precious, the performances are treasures, led by Christopher Walken in a surprisingly gentle, soulful key as the group's senior member.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

November 1, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This lovely drama... is so attentive to the creative nuance and emotional dynamics of classical performance that I was almost disappointed when the story began to move into the various interpersonal conflicts between the players.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 1, 2012
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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Zilberman is at his best when leaving narrative threads hanging rather than trying to tie them together.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 1, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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A Late Quartet serves as an acting showcase, particularly for Walken and Hoffman, and makes for an interesting study in artistic ego.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 1, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club
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Zilberman is breaking no new ground, but he gives his actors strong material and room to breathe. When the playing is strong enough, even a few notes can be as rich as a symphony.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

November 1, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"A Late Quartet" does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 1, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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If you're in the mood to mix highbrow trappings with some bitter arguments, infidelity and face-slapping, screenwriters Yaron Zilberman (who also directs) and Seth Grossman keep things allegro con brio throughout.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 31, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The four leads more often than not transcend the material's calculated moroseness; Ivanir is especially good as a man whose perfectionist facade masks a soul in perpetual turmoil.

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

October 31, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The movie sometimes gets stuck in its own awkward groove like a needle on a warped phonograph, but it has its moments.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Adultery, unfulfilled ambition, envy, mother-daughter tensions, disease-all the standard and predictable conflicts are there, as in a soap opera.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 22, 2012
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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Strong performances mark a mildly involving tale of four classical musicians hoping to make it to the next season.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 10, 2012
Linda Holmes
NPR
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Ultimately, while the performances are very good, the script could have stood a little more restraint.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 9, 2012
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