Written February 17, 2013
Dustin Hoffman did a super job directing "Quartet." In films about special expertise in a field, the leading actors usually give off twin whiffs of disconnection with the field and of exaggeration as if to make up for their lack of knowledge. A decent screenplay--and this is a lovely one--can somewhat help the leads with that gap. Here, the leads are amid people who have actually spent their lives in the field; many are still active in the field. Hence, an unusual depth of involvement, and a concomitant grace and flow: nothing seems artificial.
It gave me a start, though, near the end of the film, to see stars such as Dame Gwyneth Jones actually performing--true to life, but as fictional film characters, not as themselves. Those faces & voices still belong to real people, and so the characters suddenly seem a strange hybrid of truth and fiction. It was almost shocking to hear Dame Joan's and Luciano's voices in the "Rigoletto" quartet, layered over made-up characters.
Written June 18, 2013
It was one of the most beautiful movies I have seen in a long time. Maggie Smith is a treasure All of these retired musicians make getting older seem not quite as bad.
Written May 10, 2013
Everyone acted superbly. The foursome were very strong, but I have to accord kudos as well to Sheridan Smith (Dr. Cogan), Gwyneth Jones (Anne Langley), Michael Gambon (Cedric Livingston), Trevor Peacock (George), among many others. The pacing was good, scenery fabulous (maybe a bit overdone, but in keeping with the pomp required by the movie content), plot (laced with some real life musicians and singers) was predictable but still captivating. The only possible flaw was that everything was so neatly tied together at the end
Written January 13, 2013
I liked it but did not love it.Not a very interesting story!Beautiful scenery and music but none of the characters very interesting!A very light 1 1/2hours!!
Written February 08, 2013
While this film might appeal to a mostly older demographic, explanation for its limited release, it none the less delivers an engaging and entertaining audience experience. Produced and directed by Dustin Hoffman, the scene constructions show a legendary actor's touch. While this film has no superheroes (costumed ones anyway), fancy special effects, or exotic locations, it delivers a decently entertaining screenplay with solid performances. See it. You won't be disappointed.