Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does.
Film informationGenre: Comedy, Drama
- Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
Hoffman wisely gives his actors plenty of room to maneuver, and that they do. It's surprisingly fun to watch them play against each other. It's not as if you're going to learn anything new from Quartet. It's too straightforward for that. But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy seeing old pros at work. And you won't be exhausted by the end of it. ...
- Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
This is a lovely film directed with delicacy and taste, profoundly alive to the rhythms of its actors and characters, which gives its superlative British cast of stage and screen legends the time and space they deserve. ...read more
- Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
Smoothly navigating the perilous line between insufferably twee and heartbreakingly grim, Quartet is a subtle, sure-footed delight. ...read more
- San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
Quartet is buoyed by the Scottish charm of Billy Connolly, as a lovable flirt and extrovert - he is a delight and also a locus of truth in every scene he's in. ...read more
- Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
And that, in the end, is what Quartet is about: determined engagement, embracing music and theater and the arts, and embracing the friends and loved ones you have around you. ...read more
- Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
Hoffman and Harwood aren't afraid to show us old people who are rude, demanding, unreasonable and foolish, though the final overall mood remains blissful. Hoffman might have more to say as a director, if anyone in Hollywood cares to find out. ...read more
- Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
What gives the movie its poignancy – what turns it into something more than a polite entertainment – is Smith's role. Or, to be more exact, her performance, in tandem with Courtenay's. ...
- New York Post - by Kyle Smith
The line between honey and syrup is a fine one, I'll grant you, but "Best Exotic Marigold" was on the wrong side of it. Quartet carries a noble glow, as serene and beautiful as sunset. ...
- Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
The actors are world-class charmers, and the magnificent Dame Maggie is the diva divine. Her wit still stings, as it does on "Downton Abbey." ...read more
- ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
There's little in the basic narrative to grasp and hold the viewer's attention, but the way the lines are delivered and the charisma of the performers lend charm and substance to the overall viewing experience. ...read more
- Entertainment Weekly - by Lisa Schwarzbaum
Dustin Hoffman, a 75-year-old first-time feature director better known as a great old acting pro, conducts at a pleasant tempo. ...read more
- Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
It's a privilege to watch peerless actors at the peak of their powers. ...
- Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
Quartet is very much a performance piece, which plays to Hoffman's strength - as an actor he knows when to allow this excellent ensemble breathing room and when to tighten the belt. ...
- Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
Charming, funny, and sentimental, the film is exactly what you expect it to be, but very satisfying in achieving that goal. ...read more
- Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
Quartet is a sweet-tempered, rather fuddly drama about retired opera singers, and compared to a slick crowd-pleaser like "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," with whom it shares a star and a sentimentalized view of old age, it's a mess. ...read more
- Chicago Sun-Times - by Roger Ebert
This movie will no doubt be pitched to the same audiences that loved "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." It even brings Maggie Smith along. But it lacks that film's life, intelligence and spirit. It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds. ...
- The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
Essentially Masterpiece Theatre comfort food, a chance to watch fine actors act without too many complications. ...read more
- New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
Music lovers will appreciate both the score and the nostalgic end credits, which revisit the early years of the aged supporting cast (many of whom were actual musicians). ...read more
- Total Film - by Neil Smith
As cozy as a mug of Horlicks inside an electric blanket, Hoffman's film couldn't offend if it tried. Age, however, has yet to wither its veterans' undimmed star appeal. ...read more
- The Guardian - by Catherine Shoard
Hoffman has delivered a love letter to the elderly thesps of his adoptive country. We can forgive him its falsehoods. ...
- The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
A sincere but sloppy piece of work. Mr. Hoffman dotes on his cast of first-rate British actors of a certain age - and invites us to savor their energy and professionalism. This is not difficult, though the efforts of these fine actors might have yielded greater delight if they had been given more to do. ...
- The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
Quartet falls into the common actor-turned-director trap of valuing the performances of fellow actors over all other aesthetic concerns. ...read more
- The Playlist - by Oliver Lyttelton
Quartet is a hard film to dislike entirely, thanks principally to the charms of its cast. ...read more
- New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
More seriously -- and substantively -- "A Late Quartet" was a quiet but thoughtful meditation on the power, and the necessary pain, of human connections. By comparison, Quartet is a flimsy bit of cinematic puffery that takes every obvious path on its way to its even more obvious "seize-the-day" message. ...read more