Conclusion: It's easy to imagine how Quartet could have become a treacly mass of sentiment, but Hoffman and his spirited ensemble never let that happen. Everyone involved—the writer, the director and the stars—are far too aware, and too respectful, of the fact that remaining vital and focused as time wears away...
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: 'Quartet' isn't a movie you're likely to watch over and over again, nor does Anchor Bay provide us with a release containing the kind of bonus materials that would warrant owning this movie.
Excerpt: After working half a century as an actor, Dustin Hoffman finally makes his directorial debut with Quartet , and it’s immediately clear that his filmmaking aspirations haven’t been burning a hole in his belly all these years.
Summary: An ebullient encore not only for its central foursome, but also for the distinguished musicians who comprise the rest of the ensemble, Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut shows retirement hasn't diluted the drama one bit at a rest home for old stage-folk.