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Academy Award® Winners Christopher Walken (Supporting Actor, "The Deer Hunter," 1978) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Actor, "Capote," 2005) strike all the right chords with Academy Award® Nominee Catherine Keener (Supporting Actress, "Capote," 2005; Supporting Actress, "Being John Malkovich," 1999) and Mark Ivanir in this powerful story that blends raw emotion with fiery passion to form an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece. After 25 years together, the members of a world-renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist (Walken) may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music — and their lives.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 69
- Fresh: 50
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It would be shortsighted to dismiss this deeply felt, musically savvy film, set in a refined cultural precinct of Manhattan, as sudsy melodrama.
Fresh: Grace notes abound in A Late Quartet, a small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. Walken's performance is heartbreaking, and a master class in the craft of acting.
Fresh: The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque.
Rotten: Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film.
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This is the most under-appreciated film of 2012. Walken was overlooked by the Academy as a contender for Best Supporting Actor. Hoffman shows amazing depth not seen since his adaptation of Capote. Keener is wonderful as an emotionally distraught wife & mother. The director has a fantastic vision for this film and it works majestically. You will end up watching this over & over!
When I went to the theater to see this movie I have to admit that I didn't expect much but, boy was I completely wrong. This movie was far more than I'd expected.The characters were very believable and the story had me thinking, "I could imagine something like this happening in real life." Very good performances, and they should be getting more recognition that they have. Job well done.
An absolutely amazing movie that defies the common and rises to a beautiful story of life. Music and life felt deeply….please watch you will be moved.
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