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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
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.
Life can only be fair when you have to kill for it In the future the world is completely covered in ice. People spend their time looking for food and playing a board game called quintet. Some societies play the game with humans where the winners live and the losers die. Essex's friends and family are killed by such a society and he is coaxed into participating in the game of life and death. "He has no ethics nor brains." Robert Altman, director of Popeye (1980), A Perfect Couple, Thieves like Us, The Long Goodbye, MASH (1970) and Countdown, delivers Quintet. The storyline for this picture was very boring and reminded me of a slower paced Tron mixed with The Thing. The cast delivers fairly mediocre performances and includes Paul Newman, Fernando Rey, Vittorio Gassman, and Bibi Andersson. "I almost forgot what seal meat tastes like." We have been watching numerous old school Paul Newman pictures lately and decided to give this a shot based on its interesting premise. Unfortunately, this film was bland and slow. I thought once the game started it would pick up, but as previously mentioned, it never does. This is one of the worst Paul Newman pictures I have ever seen and I recommend skipping it. "You play for the thrill of it." Grade: D-
This had to be one of the most boring Sci-Fi movies ever - and it had Paul Newman in it.
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