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Critic Reviews for Quintet
All great directors must be arrogant to the extent that they will follow their dreams through to the bitter, sometimes banal end. This time Mr. Altman's faith in himself has led him over the brink.
The narrative is convoluted, the characters thin, and the pace appropriately glacial; burdened with opaque metaphysical dialogue and bizarre, medieval-looking costumes.
The pace of Quintet is as glacial as its setting. A career nadir for Paul Newman.
A baffling film whose ultimately hollow idiosyncrasies speak to Altman's self-destructive streak more than they constitute an applicable allegory
a painful attempt at depth that comes across as nothing more than utter pretentiousness
Audience Reviews for Quintet
This had to be one of the most boring Sci-Fi movies ever - and it had Paul Newman in it.
It's hard for me to call Robert Altman's "Quintet" an out right terrible film because everything we see on screen seems entirely deliberate. From the slow pace, to the detailed production design, to the multiracial casting, to the etherial score, to the philosophical musings- "Quintet" seems extremely self assured. Unfortunately, I found none of it interesting. For me, this was slow nonsense that added up to about nothing. I feel like Altman is trying to say something about life and death with this apocalyptic tale (and that deadly board game) but it all comes across so muddled. It doesn't help that Paul Newman's performance is the definition of 'wooden.' "Quintet" sufficiently ended Altman's legendary 1970s run and ousted him from Hollywood where he spent the 1980s adapting little seen plays into independent films before reemerging in the 1990s with "The Player." Side note: If you like the film "The Road" (which I hated), you will probably be much more forgiving to "Quintet."
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