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A Late Quartet

HD   R Closed Captioning

Yaron Zilberman

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 108
  • Fresh: 84
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The outstanding ensemble cast keeps the story - and its accompanying emotional heft - from becoming overly baroque. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Nov 15, 2012

Rotten: Yes, A Late Quartet is disappointing. But it's also pretty bad. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Nov 12, 2012

Fresh: We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Jun 17, 2013

Fresh: [It] may not sound like a scintillatingly good time at the movies, but actually it is. – Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Nov 29, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Glad they're still making adult movies!

This movie was nicely acted by the four principles, but Christopher Walken definitely made this movie something special. The movie has a lot of interesting, thought provoking moments in it, and the Beethoven music serves perfectly at the end to bring us to an understanding of the characters and a very moving climax.

grows on you

This is a movie that grows on you. The acting is really terrific and poignant and the themes (non musical) are profound: about aging, feeling relevant and appreciated, matching reality with dreams and coming to terms with limitations. Only human beings sometimes want what they can’t have—see Moses on the mountain…as a musician, I am of course aware of many details that aren’t “real”, but the point is not that. This is a concentrated look at arts, the human yearning for greatness, vulnerability, intimacy, and ultimately triumph over adversity, told with tenderness and lyricism and lovely flow. Hats off to the talented director, with a special poignancy and sadness reserved for the great actor Hoffman, who died shortly after of a drug overdose, haunted, obviously, by his own artistic demons. Being an artist is terribly hard. Much harder than most people realize. String quartet is very very hard because you depend so much on the other 3 and the music is so difficult. I think this movie captures some of that. Enjoy!

A great movie!

This was a great story! A must watch for musicians.

A Late Quartet
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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