Quintet
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Perhaps the least seen but most talked about film of Robert Altman's career, Quintet is a somber science fiction tale that takes place after a nuclear holocaust has thrown the world into another Ice Age. A man named Essex (Paul Newman) and his pregnant wife Vivia (Brigitte Fossey) are wandering the desolate, frozen landscape and attempting to find Essex's brother, Francha (Tom Hill). They finally locate him in a frozen city, occupied by a number of apocalyptic survivors who who pass their time playing a mysterious game called "Quintet." No one is able to explain just how it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All great directors must be arrogant to the extent that they will follow their dreams through to the bitter, sometimes banal end. This time Mr. Altman's faith in himself has led him over the brink."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A baffling film whose ultimately hollow idiosyncrasies speak to Altman's self-destructive streak more than they constitute an applicable allegory"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The narrative is convoluted, the characters thin, and the pace appropriately glacial; burdened with opaque metaphysical dialogue and bizarre, medieval-looking costumes."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"a painful attempt at depth that comes across as nothing more than utter pretentiousness"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The pace of Quintet is as glacial as its setting. A career nadir for Paul Newman."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Slow, confusing, and for Altman fans only."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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