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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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Netflix Rating: 3.8
NYT Critics' Pick
“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
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 78%
Critics' score: 78   Audience score: 71   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts. full review

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

The result is a perfectly serviceable, well acted melodrama - but why so serious? full review

Tom Huddleston, Time Out

For those willing to enter this world and pay attention, "A Late Quartet" provides distinct and uncommon satisfactions. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

[It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is. full review

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

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. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Walken - and Zilberman - shows us how music can utterly transport us to another place. full review

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Yaron Zilberman, a documentarian making his feature debut, treads a fine line between farce and drama ... full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

An auspicious feature debut for a director whose sensitivity to emotional harmonies is as rewarding as his reverence for timeless, transcendent music. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie is haut-bourgeois to the bone, but so am I: Let's hear some chamber music and have a little laugh and a cry! full review

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

...the very definition of a character driven drama, the performances humbling in their power. full review

Amanda Mae Meyncke, Film.com

Of the cast, the standout is Walken, who gives a performance of superlative grace amid all the hectoring. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The movie doesn't resolve on a sour note, but it takes the viewer along a too-familiar set of tones. full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Unless you're channeling the forgiving spirit of Casals, I'm afraid this one hits too many off notes to recommend. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Engaging, intelligent, but direction doesn't quite live up to a first-rate cast. full review

John Anderson, Newsday
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