Reviews: Quartet (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 9/26] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Quartet is a light, charming, frothy affair, and as such it should be seen as such.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Though fairly simple, straightforward, and predictable, Quartet is also effortlessly charming and entertaining throughout. It is quite like a smaller, retirement home variation on Maggie Smith’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and delights in a similar way.
  • Christopher Bourne @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Dustin Hoffman, by discreetly staying out of the way of the great actors and actual singing stars and musicians he has assembled, has created a quietly touching and poignant tribute to the artists he has so lovingly put on display.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A meditation on aging and the possibilities for transformation of four retired opera singers in a retirement community.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …American actor Dustin Hoffman’s feature directorial debut and although it aims for the same demographic [as “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”] and has its own share of cliches, it’s a mite better than Madden’s film.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: This deliciously tart comedy revives the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland ‘let’s put on a show’ formula with great panache.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A lovely film with heartfelt performances from a fantastic cast that focuses on the upsides of getting older…
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: Four notable British thespians perform as four notable British opera singers in Dustin Hoffman’s sweet little ensemble.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Quartet tries to present the ‘modern’ elderly, who are open to rap and who swear profusely, though to a 12A standard, but there is none of reality’s complications in the film’s representation. In fact, for a film that lectures about acceptance, there is a lot of denial.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s not quite pitch perfect, but it hits a lot of the right notes…
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Quartet is not the fare you turn to for startling insights into the human condition. But it will take a hard heart indeed to resist the wonderful gala program to which the story builds, and the tried but true romance of reconciling lovers too long apart.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Cut from the same cloth as last year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet is a film featuring a talented cast of senior” British actors, centering on the idea that there can still be enjoyment and excitement in life, even in one’s golden years.”
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: For any bland flavor Quartet may leave lingering, these stars more than make up for it, easily providing the most sophisticated of tastes.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: Pretty thin stuff…a geriatric version of the old “let’s put on a show!” plot…but it’s been cannily cast for maximum effect, and Hoffman gives the actors plenty of room to do their thing.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Divatude becomes Maggie Smith, who definitely knows how to command the screen here.

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