Quintet (1979)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 9, 1979
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

A baffling film whose ultimately hollow idiosyncrasies speak to Altman's self-destructive streak more than they constitute an applicable allegory

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The narrative is convoluted, the characters thin, and the pace appropriately glacial; burdened with opaque metaphysical dialogue and bizarre, medieval-looking costumes.

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Christopher Null

a painful attempt at depth that comes across as nothing more than utter pretentiousness

Chuck O'Leary

The pace of Quintet is as glacial as its setting. A career nadir for Paul Newman.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Slow, confusing, and for Altman fans only.

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Steven Carrier
It's hard for me to call Robert Altman's "Quintet" an out right terrible film because everything we see on screen seems entirely deliberate.… More
Sean Gillespie
This had to be one of the most boring Sci-Fi movies ever - and it had Paul Newman in it.