Quartet Reviews

October 19, 2019
Adjani somehow won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her deer-in-headlights performance, although it's Smith who best conveys the desperation of her character.
May 16, 2019
"Quartet" retains its power to unsettle in its accumulation of cuts and bruises, the rare Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala effort that mines a glamorized past not for nuanced dignity but for a kind of elegant, honest sordidness.
May 16, 2019
Fairly stock period piece in which the cast do very little set against a stunning backdrop.
May 16, 2019
Ivory's interest is focused so completely on the period clothes and decor that the drama never surfaces.
May 16, 2019
Not as successful or lauded as Ivory's later EM Forster adaptations, A Room with a View and Howards End, but it's worth a look nevertheless.
May 4, 2019
More or less a romance picture, Quartet is a taut, tense and breathtaking tale of deception and power dynamics, a costume drama with the energy of something more erotic.
March 27, 2018
Quartet itself adopts the characteristics of the life which it celebrates -- elegant, reticent, with a deep respect for cinematic conventions and for the life of surfaces.
July 9, 2015
It's nasty-hearted in a way we don't tend to think of Merchant Ivory films as being, but that's one of its strengths.
March 26, 2009
Ivory takes his usual aloofly observant distance and the film's love triangle loses some drastic impetus.
February 9, 2006
The direction, intimate yet retaining a sense of distance, is true both to Rhys and to Ivory.
July 17, 2005
August 30, 2004
''Quartet'' is handsome but, ultimately, weightless.
February 19, 2004
Frankly, you'll find much better works from the Merchant-Ivory collection.
January 1, 2000
Ivory's dispassionate direction precludes real involvement with the characters, resulting in a peculiarly austere depiction of a colorful era.