Quartet
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Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
""Quartet" is one of those movies that looks so effortless, it's easy to forget just how much could have gone wrong."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"More lethargically paced than even the slowest of its geriatric characters, the movie creeps along with all the dull, inoffensive inevitability of old age."
‑ Tom Clift, Movie Mezzanine
"If this film is any indication of {Hoffman] creative capacity as a director, one can only hope that he will pursue his third act with as much vigor as his first."
‑ Jonathan Robbins, Film Comment Magazine
"As portraits of old age go, Quartet is better than that other recent retirement comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but only in the way a touch of lumbago is better than shingles."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"'Quartet" is a lovely little charm bracelet of a film, a fairy tale for the geriatric set blessed with a wonderful cast and a carry-on attitude."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Will she, or won't she, join the others on stage in a quartet rendition of Verdi? Not to worry: it all unravels splendidly in this teeth-in-a-glass comedic drama."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Beyond the Masterpiece Theatre set design there lies a cunning tribute to the easy command of experienced actors and to the art that brought them there."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"This film about four retired opera singers who regroup in their old age is as brilliant and lovingly composed as the operatic pieces that soar through the background. In short, it leaves longing for an encore."
‑ Gabrielle Lipton, Paste Magazine
"The first thing to note is that Hoffman has apparently had a grand time working with these professionals, all of whom as residents of the home are splendid."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Hoffman, in his directorial debut, has crafted a hopeful movie with a warm atmosphere, but one that's realistic, too."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"While Hoffman seems very aware he's gently closing the book on an entire generation of entertainers, he nonetheless allows them to do what they've always done best: be entertaining."
‑ Matthew Korfhage, Willamette Week
"There's so little drama and conflict involved that the whole film washes over you without making much of an impact."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"There's a joy in watching seasoned performers play off one another, provided you don't get confused (as my seatmate did at the screening) and think this is Harry Potter and the Teachers' Lounge."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
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