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A Late Quartet

Thequartet-thumbstandard Tempers flare, old jealousies reignite and new passions are sparked when the members of a world-renowned string quartet are preparing to celebrate their 25th anniversary and learn that their leader must step down due to a grim medical diagnosis.
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“A Late Quartet" follows the upheavals that threaten a fictional elite string quartet in New York as its members quarrel, cheat, get even and jockey for power. Read the review
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We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic  full review
 
The result is a perfectly serviceable, well acted melodrama - but why so serious?
Tom Huddleston, Time Out  full review
 
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  full review
 
[It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star  full review
 
The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
For a film that relies so heavily on the lasting power of a classical master, A Late Quartet never really converts any viewers to his church.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald  full review
 
Walken - and Zilberman - shows us how music can utterly transport us to another place.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times  full review
 
Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
 
An auspicious feature debut for a director whose sensitivity to emotional harmonies is as rewarding as his reverence for timeless, transcendent music.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
...the very definition of a character driven drama, the performances humbling in their power.
 
Of the cast, the standout is Walken, who gives a performance of superlative grace amid all the hectoring.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
The movie doesn't resolve on a sour note, but it takes the viewer along a too-familiar set of tones.
Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies  full review
 
Unless you're channeling the forgiving spirit of Casals, I'm afraid this one hits too many off notes to recommend.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
Yaron Zilberman, a documentarian making his feature debut, treads a fine line between farce and drama ...
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
 
A half-glass of a movie, full of superlative performances and sublime music but empty when it comes to a story rife with melodrama and trite plot conventions.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
For those willing to enter this world and pay attention, "A Late Quartet" provides distinct and uncommon satisfactions.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
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