At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi is disrupted by the arrival of Jean (Maggie Smith), an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
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Charming comedy about elderly opera singers fine for teens.
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Fresh: The characters in Quartet may be on their way out, but they aren't giving up without a fight.
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, Friday, January 11, 2013
Fresh: A mild but perfectly pleasant entertainment from playwright Ronald Harwood and Dustin Hoffman, staying offscreen here to make his directing debut.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Friday, January 11, 2013
Dustin Hoffman, the old chap. There's a life-affirming irony in how he, 75 years of age, has chosen to make his directorial debut about a group of retired musicians, instead of retreating himself after over 50 years in the spotlight. If he wasn't a paragon of "it's never too late" before, he has certainly become one now. Additionally, he has congregated some of the senior elite from the veteran British actors' guild. And truly, how can you not enjoy yourself with old pleasant acquaintances like Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon; perhaps best known to younger generations as Professor Minerva and Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" films. Billy Connelly as a frisky old pervert plants another good foundation for merriment. Epicenter of all events is the idyllic retirement home known as Beecham House. There we meet Cissy, Reggie and Wilfred, three high-spirited geriatrics (with some exception for Reggie, whose old heart-grief eats away at him every so often) who annually arrange a concert in celebration of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday. The tranquility is soon disturbed, however, when former opera diva Jean Horton (the ever lovely Maggie Smith), who also happens to be Reggie's ex-wife, arrives to the retirement home, which turns out to be at the edge of financial ruin. To preserve their serene subsistence the trio must become a quartet and put together a particularly crowd-drawing benefit gala with Jean as the main attraction. For those that have seen Michael Haneke's "Amour" this is a bit of an antithesis where all the characters have been allowed to age with their dignity intact. Somewhat out of tune in likelihood, but cozy and charming, in a manner that almost makes you welcome the cane and grey hairs. If you're an opera lover you'll probably get much more out of it. Personally, I can't quite count myself into that crowd, even though it on occasion slips in a little Pavarotti and Bocelli in my own customized playlists. Homey it is regardless, to in the company of such an esteemed ensemble receive a more inspirative image of the autumn of life. Predictable, absolutely, but some days a little feel-good-fiddling is exactly what you need. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Movie-Reviews/281824101875153?ref=hl
- CloudStrife84, Friday, March 15, 2013