Quartet Reviews

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
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.
February 9, 2006
The direction, intimate yet retaining a sense of distance, is true both to Rhys and to Ivory.