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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
Slow, confusing, and for Altman fans only.
Audience Reviews for Quintet
Quintet was a movie that was above all about Climate Change scare of the 1970's, except of course it was Global Cooling. With that mode in mind this movie projects the abject hopelessness of the future. Man would perish slow in a whimper on Glacial slow suspense and fear. The movie starts with Paul Newman,with his pregnant wife, returning to a city where all the elites of North America had taken refugee and Paul had been born. He had left his family and ventured onto the ice and it is with hope that he returns for his soon to be born child. Once there, the abject slow destruction of mankind becomes apparent. No heat might well be the singular catch phrase for this part of the movie. The rest develops into a cat and mouse game where Paul seeks vengeance . The movie was just as interesting a 'Little Big Man' or any of the movies from the 70's and their fatalistic outlook upon mankind's future. If you want to view the midset of 1970's Hollywood this would be great movie. The entire vision of life in a New Ice Age is worth the price of admission.
A post-apocalyptic science fiction movie plot as disconsolate as the snowy backdrop in which it was filmed. Frigid characters, stilted acting, and slow pacing.
This had to be one of the most boring Sci-Fi movies ever - and it had Paul Newman in it.
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