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Quintet is Robert Altman's 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), his pregnant wife Vivia (Brigitte Fossey) and her brother Francha (Tom Hill) are wandering the desolate, frozen landscape when they run across a handful of fellow survivors who pass their time playing a mysterious game called Quintet. No one is able to explain just how it's played, but Grigor (Fernando Rey) appears to act as the referee, and the stakes of the game are unusually high -- after Vivia and Francha lose, they're killed in a mysterious explosion. Essex is not happy with the way they've been dragged into the village's game of death but, as he attempts to seek revenge, he is only drawn deeper into the lethal competition.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 1
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 3.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: The narrative is convoluted, the characters thin, and the pace appropriately glacial; burdened with opaque metaphysical dialogue and bizarre, medieval-looking costumes.
Never trust a critic , demand their credentials , be your own authority . Altman is a genius .
Quintet is a bore
Robert Altman is a genius and he's made some great films. But this isn't one of them. When this movie first came out I worked at a theater where it was playing. People literally, and I mean literally, walked out in droves and demanded their money back. After the first couple of showings we HAD to put up a sign stating "No refunds" and we basically told customers to enter at their own risk of boredom. I'm telling you now, spare yourself.