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Quartet Reviews

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
January 4, 2013
The whole project feels just a little patronising towards the older demographic. Aren't they quaint? Aren't they naughty? Aren't they cheeky?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
Movie Mezzanine
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+
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2012
For a movie that aims to make four artists' last spotlit hurrah a revel-worthy moment, Quartet shouldn't urge the viewer to welcome the closing of the curtain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 24, 2013
It's so low-key that it's soporific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 24, 2013
It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
January 3, 2013
"Quartet" is polite enough to be short, I'll give it that much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mike Scott
February 1, 2013
Though sweet of demeanor, Dustin Hoffman's directoral debut is purely lightweight stuff, built around a flimsy plot and obvious choices every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
January 8, 2013
Much talent and lovely performances are lavished on a creaky, disingenuous story ostensibly about old age
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Robert Levin
January 11, 2013
No movie starring these actors could possibly be all that bad. But Quartet is tepid when it wants to be sophisticated, a slow-moving, middlebrow endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Callahan
House Next Door
January 2, 2013
Hoffman, of all people, should have respect enough for Smith to give her something meatier to chew on.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 3, 2013
Even Merchant Ivory, purveyors of cinematic porcelain to the gentry, would have hesitated over this particular tea set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 2, 2013
A scattering of small, lovely moments, but hardly setting the screen alight, especially with its cop-out ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
January 26, 2013
Unlike the devastating portrait of aging in Michael Haneke's Amour, Quartet favors cheeky over honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
February 7, 2013
Unfolds with a respectable, well-heeled polish, seeming to believe that its admittedly wonderful cast lends it an automatic sophistication which inoculates it against charges of tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 10, 2013
A sincere but sloppy piece of work.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 1, 2013
Plays nice -- too nice
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Rafer Guzman
January 24, 2013
Always cute and breezy, "Quartet" often forgets that its protagonists are in a sobering stage of life, and that there's comedy to be found there as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 9, 2013
Like many actors-turned-filmmakers, first-time director Dustin Hoffman (yes, that Dustin Hoffman) indulges his performers above all else ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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