A Late Quartet Reviews

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February 13, 2019
Little more than a muddled cacophony of clichéd dramatic twists and transparent developments, somehow belying its eloquent and graceful leitmotif.
October 25, 2017
The unconvincing, histrionic script makes all of this seem more contrived than controlled.
October 3, 2017
A Late Quartet is a terrible film-it's like an idiots' Amour.
June 12, 2013
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.
June 9, 2013
If nothing else, A Late Quartet captures the reality of dealing with professional classical musicians.
April 8, 2013
One might expect a film set in the high culture world of classical music to come up with a more sophisticated metaphor for the insecurities of a violinist than having him worry about always playing second fiddle in life.
April 4, 2013
Wants to be Bergman, ends up more like a burgundy-hued Sunset Beach.
January 22, 2013
November 22, 2012
A first-rate cast makes some beautiful music in this otherwise shallow and contrived melodrama.
November 16, 2012
Great cast does its best to elevate A Late Quartet
November 16, 2012
The passion of Beethoven's final major compositions fails to heat up this tepid soap opera.
November 16, 2012
Any artist who has worked as part of a group is sure to find a certain resonance in the offstage tussles of A Late Quartet, but there's too little going on here to sustain other viewers.
November 15, 2012
The melodrama among the main characters is more soap opera than grand opera, even with a quartet of actors as fine as this.
November 15, 2012
"A Late Quartet" has the start of an interesting idea. However, this film has two major factors that prevent it from achieving [its] goal: an overdose of melodrama and storylines that don't mesh, or even feel like they should be in the same movie.
November 15, 2012
A Late Quartet features good performers and good dramatic intentions, but is too joyless, unpleasant, and inauthentic in its presentation and discussions of music to make any sort of impact.
November 12, 2012
Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.
November 9, 2012
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.
November 8, 2012
Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast.
November 8, 2012
A fine idea, poorly executed, it would have been called "Ode to Sorrow" if Beethoven had written it.
November 2, 2012
...Zilberman loses focus on the quartet's taut interplay, reverting instead to melodrama.
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