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.
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Critic Reviews for Quartet
The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited.
Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.
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.
More lethargically paced than even the slowest of its geriatric characters, the movie creeps along with all the dull, inoffensive inevitability of old age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Jean:||You must understand, I was someone once.|
|Dr. Lucy Cogan:||We have the chair lift, which will be much easier for you.|
|Jean:||What do I do when I get to the top, ski down?|
|Dr. Lucy Cogan:||The room has a beautiful suite in what we call the B-room.|
|Jean:||Sounds like a prison.|
|Jean:||Are you telling me to go home and smell the roses?|
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