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Quartet (2013)



Critic Consensus: It's sweet, gentle, and predictable to a fault, but Dustin Hoffman's affectionate direction and the talented cast's amiable charm make Quartet too difficult to resist.

Movie Info

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert? -- (C) Weinsteinmore
Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and suggestive humor)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ronald Harwood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2013
Box Office: $18.4M
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


Maggie Smith
as Jean Horton
Tom Courtenay
as Reggie Paget
Billy Connolly
as Wilf Bond
Pauline Collins
as Cissy Robson
Michael Gambon
as Cedric Livingston
Sheridan Smith
as Dr. Lucy Cogan
Andrew Sachs
as Bobby Swanson
Gwyneth Jones
as Anne Langley
Michael Byrne
as Frank White
Patricia Loveland
as Letitia Davis
Eline Powell
as Angelique
Sarah Crowden
as Felicity Liddle
Colin Bradbury
as Olly Fisher
Ronnie Hughes
as Tony Rose
Jack Honeyborne
as Dave Trubeck
Nuala Willis
as Norma McIntyre
Melodie Waddingham
as Marion Reed
Cynthia Morey
as Lottie Yates
John Heley
as Leo Cassell
Cyril Davey
as "Flat piano" Residen...
Esmy Penry-Davey
as Young Pianist
Isla Mathieson
as Young Violinist Isla
Ionia Mathieson
as Young Violinist Iona
Claudia Mellor
as Lady Gaga Girl
Helen Bradbury
as Daisy's Mother
Jennifer Spillane
as Waltzing Neurologist
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News & Interviews for Quartet

Critic Reviews for Quartet

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (40)

The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited.

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Top Critic

Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The first thing to note is that Hoffman has apparently had a grand time working with these professionals, all of whom as residents of the home are splendid.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

More lethargically paced than even the slowest of its geriatric characters, the movie creeps along with all the dull, inoffensive inevitability of old age.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Will she, or won't she, join the others on stage in a quartet rendition of Verdi? Not to worry: it all unravels splendidly in this teeth-in-a-glass comedic drama.

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Boston Phoenix

While Hoffman seems very aware he's gently closing the book on an entire generation of entertainers, he nonetheless allows them to do what they've always done best: be entertaining.

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Willamette Week

Audience Reviews for Quartet

Dustin Hoffman executive produced and then directed this ode to those who chose the stage, to entertain, and who live to see the spotlight pass them by. Buckshot with many who actually made that choice, who lived that life, it then proceeds to display very nearly a sitcom view of the last act of life, or at the very least the Disney version. Everyone is dressed up, very clean, in this mansion out in the country, a home for retired musicians, appointed with fine lawns, and have rooms that should be called suites. Whatta way to go!
The story concerns the difficulties a once popular foursome have in getting together to do one more show ("to save the orphanage ... for the penguin ... we're on a mission from God" The Blues Brothers then, though w/o the major players doing even one song!).
The players perform their required duties but are ill served finally by the platform given them.
Only Pauline Collins gets any real work done here. No, honestly.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie despite the fact that I knew where it was going almost immediately. But, hey, a home full of retired musicians who still manage to make not-so-warbly music? I understand there is such a home in Milan, Verdi House, which Verdi actually built to shelter singers older than 65 who are in dire straits. Anyway, it's a beautiful if disturbing look at getting old--beautiful because of the setting and soundtrack, disturbing because it's a lot more than a loss of physical gifts that makes aging such a b*h.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Great cast, Fantastic acting but not a fantastic movie. It's disappointing i wanted more comedy and i wanted to know more about each character.
If it wasnt for Billy Connolly bringing the comedy then i probably would have liked this movie even less.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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