Unfinished Song (2013)

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexual references and rude gestures)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Terence Stamp
as Arthur
Gemma Arterton
as Elizabeth
Anne Reid
as Brenda
Taru Devani
as Sujatha
Orla Hill
as Jennifer
Willie Jonah
as Robert
Calita Rainford
as Oncologist
Federay Holmes
as Day Care Nurse
Calum Sivyer
as Heavy Metal Kid
Alan Ruscoe
as Judge
Sally Ann Matthews
as Playground Monitor
Paul Andrew Williams
as Delivery Guy
Brian Shelley
as Choir Organiser
Christopher Terry
as Male Compere
Melanie Cripps
as Female Compere
Dominic Kemp
as Doctor
Melanie Cripps
as Female Compere
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Critic Reviews for Unfinished Song

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (29)

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

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again.

July 4, 2013
Seattle Times
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Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
Miami Herald
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Such predictable ingredients get stale all too quickly.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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[A] modest, tear-jerking charmer ... Just don't expect too much more than what shows on its paint-by-numbers surface.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Unfinished Song

Like a mug of tea on a cold day.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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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