Unfinished Song


Unfinished Song (2013)


Critic Consensus: It's unabashedly sentimental, but thanks to reliably powerful performances from a well-rounded veteran cast, Unfinished Song proves a sweetly compelling character piece.


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UNFINISHED SONG is the funny and uplifting story of Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). This unexpected friendship and his discovery of music revitalizes Arthur's passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age. (c) Weinstein

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Critic Reviews for Unfinished Song

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (31)

The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of "Unfinished Song" forgivable.

Jul 5, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate.

Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again.

Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.

Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Such predictable ingredients get stale all too quickly.

Jul 3, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] modest, tear-jerking charmer ... Just don't expect too much more than what shows on its paint-by-numbers surface.

Jun 28, 2013 | Full Review…

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Like a mug of tea on a cold day.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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While Marion(Vanessa Redgrave) goes to choir practice led by Elizabeth(Gemma Arterton), Marion's husband Arthur(Terence Stamp) spends his retirement either at home or hanging out with his friends at the pub. Just as the choir is getting ready for competition, Marion's cancer returns. Instead of trying to go through the rigors of chemotherapy again, she decides to concentrate on the choir... Aside from its saccharine plot, "Song for Marion" already has a couple of strikes going against it. First, its major attempts at humor come from seniors singing age-inappropriate songs. Plus, the world is really not ready for a super-perky Gemma Arterton. At the same time, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Eccleston are both very good in support. That brings us to Terence Stamp who carries and grounds the movie at the same time with his sensitive, yet tough, performance.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Don't think I'd have much to say about this movie, hopefully. Last time I said that was with O Brother, Where Art Thou? and I wrote a long ass review. But I digress, this is a pretty good movie with a good cast. It is a little sentimental, but thankfully the film has enough good stuff in it that the sentimentality isn't really that bothersome, not like it was in Instructions not Included. And I liked the fact that the movie wasn't as melodramatic as you'd have thought given the synopsis. So I appreciate the fact that the film didn't really try to manipulate your emotions. Well, other than the climactic moment of the film, which is Terrence Stamp's solo during the choir's performance. It's not exactly manipulative in the traditional sense, but it was designed to get the tears rolling, tears of happiness at seeing this cantankerous old man finally overcoming every obstacle in front of him, some of these by his own doing. The songs are also well-done and fun, though I think the film could've used more. But I'm not complaining, the movie's certainly still good. I can't believe I kept this as short as I did. Regardless this is a good film with a great cast and some sensitive direction help keep this film from being nauseatingly sentimental.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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When singing enthusiast Redgrave passes away, her insular husband, Stamp, reluctantly joins her vocal group as they prepare for a national choir contest. The plot may seem at the outset little more than "'Pitch Perfect' for pensioners", and will likely be marketed as such, but 'Song For Marion' is by no means a laugh out loud comedy. There's a tender drama about reconciliation, growing old, and facing death wrestling the more commercial choir-contest story-line with the early scenes between Stamp and an unrecognizable Redgrave resembling a gentler take on 'Amour'. The veteran pair are fantastic and, unfortunately, the film loses something once Redgrave exits the proceedings. Every few years, the British film industry discovers a new market and proceeds to over-saturate it. Ten years or so ago we had a spate of films aimed at Britain's huge Asian community and, recently, thanks mainly to the success of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', we're seeing film-makers cater for an audience that's become known as "the grey pound". Most of these films, however, focus on elderly people behaving like young people, little more than contemporary non sci-fi takes on 'Cocoon'. It still seems to be a cinematic taboo to show old people as they really are, wrinkles and all, if you will. 'Song For Marion' suffers from an awkward juxtaposition of comedy and drama and relies on a cliched story-line but its quality cast make it watchable. The moment when Redgrave sings Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors' to a disgruntled Stamp, despite the cheesiness of such a premise, manages to be one of the most touching moments you'll likely see this year.

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