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Quartet Reviews

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August 11, 2017
Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is the latest example of a recent Hollywood effort to cater more to an older audience.
February 4, 2014
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 | Original Score: D+
December 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
December 22, 2013
If this film is any indication of {Hoffman] creative capacity as a director, one can only hope that he will pursue his third act with as much vigor as his first.
December 22, 2013
Beyond the Masterpiece Theatre set design there lies a cunning tribute to the easy command of experienced actors and to the art that brought them there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 22, 2013
There's so little drama and conflict involved that the whole film washes over you without making much of an impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 22, 2013
As portraits of old age go, Quartet is better than that other recent retirement comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but only in the way a touch of lumbago is better than shingles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 22, 2013
This film about four retired opera singers who regroup in their old age is as brilliant and lovingly composed as the operatic pieces that soar through the background. In short, it leaves longing for an encore.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
December 22, 2013
There's a joy in watching seasoned performers play off one another, provided you don't get confused (as my seatmate did at the screening) and think this is Harry Potter and the Teachers' Lounge.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2013
Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is an affectionate, moving and charming film that offers a series of wonderful roles for a distinguished cast of veteran British performers.
December 22, 2013
The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited.
December 22, 2013
Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.
December 22, 2013
A slight but immensely charming romantic comedy that is perfectly performed by a regal cast headlined by Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2013
For all the references to its characters' infirmities, Quartet delivers quite a cosy and light-hearted version of old age, but Hoffman's deft direction and his cast's note-perfect performances make it enormously entertaining.
June 18, 2013
Dustin Hoffman waited 75 years for his directorial debut, and the resulting film makes one wish he had stepped behind the camera decades earlier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2013
A quick and charming story of late life revival so surprisingly lithe you'd hardly believe it was a directorial debut.
February 21, 2013
Dustin Hoffman, directing a film for the first time, gives us a film as comfortable as an old stuffed chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 20, 2013
The point isn't that Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut suffers in comparison with other films about old age, such as Amour. The point is that it's so spectacularly silly and sentimental, it simply suffers in comparison with other films.
February 15, 2013
After Quartet, actor/director Dustin Hoffman should never direct again. Perfection like this cannot be repeated, and from here, everything is downhill.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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