“You don't have to be a classical fan to appreciate the film's air of inside baseball - the ease with which it navigates a hermetic world of people who understand music better than they understand themselves.”
–Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A Late Quartet" does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work..”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A Late Quartet serves as an acting showcase, particularly for Walken and Hoffman, and makes for an interesting study in artistic ego."
- Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
An outstanding ensemble cast (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener) lends weight and depth to A Late Quartet's melodramatic script, and the result is insightful and emotionally satisfying.
When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A LATE QUARTET pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.
USA * 2012 * 105 mins. * Drama * Rated R