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 information

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Release date: Dec 28, 2012
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor
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Runtime: 98 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 88
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    The result is a movie of enormous intelligence. more

  • 80
    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. ...

  • 80 - 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. more

  • 75
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Smoothly navigating the perilous line between insufferably twee and heartbreakingly grim, Quartet is a subtle, sure-footed delight. more

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Quartet is endearing, sometimes even irresistible. more

  • 75
    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. more

  • 75
    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. more

  • 75
    Miami Herald - by Connie Ogle
    Quartet is truly an actor's film. more

  • 75
    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. more

  • 75
    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. ...

  • 75
    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. ...

  • 75
    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." more

  • 75
    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. more

  • 75
    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. more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    It's a privilege to watch peerless actors at the peak of their powers. ...

  • 70
    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. ...

  • 67
    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. more

  • 63
    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. more

  • 63
    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. ...

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    Essentially Masterpiece Theatre comfort food, a chance to watch fine actors act without too many complications. more

  • 60
    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). more

  • 60
    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. more

  • 60
    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. ...

  • 50
    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. ...

  • 50
    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. more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Oliver Lyttelton
    Quartet is a hard film to dislike entirely, thanks principally to the charms of its cast. more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Melissa Anderson
    Sentimental and pandering. more

  • 40
    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. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    The curtain can't come down fast enough. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    Great cast, Fantastic acting but not a fantastic movie. It’s disappointing i wanted more comedy and i wanted to know more about each character.
    If it wasnt for Billy Connolly bringing the comedy then i probably would have liked this movie even less