A Late Quartet

Lists: Drama, Music

Brief Synopsis: "When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as 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."

Overall Ranking: 1077 (Rank from 2012: # 42)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 14.29%
Regular 71.43%
Half-Popped 14.29%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
Today I Watched A Movie95(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine80 - I got a chance to interview Damien Chazelle during the Philadelphia Film Festival: T&T: I understand the opening number “Another Day of Sun” is inspired by your love of the film The Young Girls of Rochefort and that the lyrics set up the backdrop of the struggle & glory of Hollywood. However, I am curious if you ever considered cutting the opening sequence? Because as magnificent as the choreography, staging and direction of it is, it sets a Big Broadway Chorus tone for the film that isn’t really found in the rest of the movie. Damien Chazelle: Well, actually, yeah, there's a few months in the editing where we cut it out. But it was more about story, trying to make the movie as tight as possible. The idea behind the number in the onset was to try to kinda announce it as loudly as possible that you're watching a musical, and start out with the most musically, musical number in the movie before we establish any characters; so then you kinda go down into the storyline and these two people and everything that follows is then dictated by those people, so it's gonna be more intimate and from their specific points of view. So that's a little bit of what dictated that difference in style; but it's also just a matter of, let's make that loud statement in the beginning, so by comparison, everything that follows feels more natural as a result...
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Sober Film Critic James Brown75(full review)
Dave Examines Movies73(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)

People Involved

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (Robert)
  • Christopher Walken (Peter Mitchell)
  • Imogen Poots (Alexandra Gelbart)
  • Catherine Keener (Juliette Gelbart)
  • Wallace Shawn (Gideon Rosen)
  • Mark Ivanir (Daniel Lerner)
  • Madhur Jaffrey (Dr. Nadir)
  • Liraz Charhi ()
  • Megan McQuillan (Brenda)
  • Yaron Zilberman (Director)