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Quartet

comedy, drama


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Charming comedy about elderly opera singers fine for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quartet focuses on a retirement home for former opera singers and other professional musicians. With its older characters and mature themes, the movie isn't that likely to appeal to younger audiences, but if they're willing, there's nothing really inappropriate in it, save for a couple of uses of "f--k" and some suggestive humor (though no actual kissing or sex). A great choice for grandparents, parents, and teens to watch together, Quartet explores mature issues such as aging, fading talent, seeking forgiveness, and the importance of being passionate about the arts.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Quartet depicts retired artists. Why does Jean say it would be a dishonor to her former self to sing again? Do you think older musicians should stop performing just because their voices might not sound the same or they can't hit high notes the same way?
  • Reggie has an educational conversation about opera being similar to rap; what is the filmmaker trying to say about various musical styles?
  • Why are there so few movies and TV shows that feature older characters? Teens: Does a movie's appeal to you depend on the age of its cast/characters? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    66%

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this all-star cast of older working actors playing retirees provides a charming study of life following middle age. As the closing credits disclose, most of the cast members are veterans of the theater or concert halls. Sheridan Smith plays the lovely doctor of the retirement home. There are some naughty jokes mainly from Connolly's character. The quartet of "opera stars" consisting of Smith, Courtenay, Connelly, and Collins never actually singing together felt like an anti-climax though.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

3 stars

Like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this all-star cast of older working actors playing retirees provides a charming study of life following middle age. As the closing credits disclose, most of the cast members are veterans of the theater or concert halls. Sheridan Smith plays the lovely doctor of the retirement home. There are some naughty jokes mainly from Connolly's character. The quartet of "opera stars" consisting of Smith, Courtenay, Connelly, and Collins never actually singing together felt like an anti-climax though.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

3 stars

Like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this all-star cast of older working actors playing retirees provides a charming study of life following middle age. As the closing credits disclose, most of the cast members are veterans of the theater or concert halls. Sheridan Smith plays the lovely doctor of the retirement home. There are some naughty jokes mainly from Connolly's character. The quartet of "opera stars" consisting of Smith, Courtenay, Connelly, and Collins never actually singing together felt like an anti-climax though.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, April 16, 2013