A Late Quartet
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When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A LATE QUARTET pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"[It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Not without its touching moments, A Late Quartet nevertheless can't truly escape the eye-rolling determinism of its script, with only a pragmatic, wry Christopher Walken truly convincing as a man who has lived inextricably bound with his music."
‑ Andrew Simpson, Fan The Fire
"Constantly engaging."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Impressive, superior drama."
‑ Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
"The result is a perfectly serviceable, well acted melodrama - but why so serious?"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"If nothing else, A Late Quartet captures the reality of dealing with professional classical musicians."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"One might expect a film set in the high culture world of classical music to come up with a more sophisticated metaphor for the insecurities of a violinist than having him worry about always playing second fiddle in life."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"While this film has some bracingly strong observations on the nature of long-term professional and personal relationships, it also feels somewhat theatrical in the way its story develops."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"The screenplay by Seth Grossman and Israeli-American director Yaron Zilberman is old-fashioned and melodramatic but stirring in its portrait of people struggling with individual egos to produce something nobler than themselves."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A classical-music ensemble rosins up the bull in a tone-deaf melodrama that loves its musical metaphors almost has much as it adores afternoon soaps."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"A Late Quartet is visually and musically rich. But above all there are the performances, individually and as an ensemble, and they're pitch perfect."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It is not flawless but it makes you watch, and listen, closely throughout."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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