Excerpt: Though fairly simple, straightforward, and predictable, Quartet is also effortlessly charming and entertaining throughout. It is quite like a smaller, retirement home variation on Maggie Smith’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and delights in a similar way.
Excerpt: Dustin Hoffman, by discreetly staying out of the way of the great actors and actual singing stars and musicians he has assembled, has created a quietly touching and poignant tribute to the artists he has so lovingly put on display.
Excerpt: …American actor Dustin Hoffman’s feature directorial debut and although it aims for the same demographic [as “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”] and has its own share of cliches, it’s a mite better than Madden’s film.
Excerpt: Quartet tries to present the ‘modern’ elderly, who are open to rap and who swear profusely, though to a 12A standard, but there is none of reality’s complications in the film’s representation. In fact, for a film that lectures about acceptance, there is a lot of denial.
Excerpt: Quartet is not the fare you turn to for startling insights into the human condition. But it will take a hard heart indeed to resist the wonderful gala program to which the story builds, and the tried but true romance of reconciling lovers too long apart.
Excerpt: Cut from the same cloth as last year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet is a film featuring a talented cast of senior” British actors, centering on the idea that there can still be enjoyment and excitement in life, even in one’s golden years.”