Performance

Performance

Performance

Drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener as members of a New York-based, world-renowned four-piece string quartet struggling to keep the group together in the face of competing egos, lust and a debilitating illness.

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, their future suddenly hangs in the balance. The fallout threatens to derail 25 years of friendship and collaboration as suppressed issues and feelings are brought to the surface. As the quartet's quarter-century anniversary concert approaches, how it will go - and whether it will take place at all - are among the many questions that surround the future of the group in this time of turmoil.

2012Rating: M, contains sex scenes & offensive language106 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Excellent watching

Seems a new genre has sprung up, dedicated to and about those reaching their later years. The trials and tribs and fun anjd frustration. This combined those elements with classical (a little anyway) music. A very nice watch.

3.0
0

By the way, the real title is A LATE QUARTET.

The film's original title is "A Late Quartet" but was renamed "Performance" for the Australian and NZ market to avoid confusion with Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet". Funnily enough, both films have the same score on Rotten tomatoes, and "Performance" wins by 0,1 on IMDB. A celebrated string quartet finds itself at a crossroads and in danger of disintegration...

4.0
0

Great acting, great music

"Performance" is the story of a world-renowned string quartet whose cellist (and oldest member) is diagnosed with Parkinson's and who is forced to contemplate retirement. As the movie develops, we learn more and more about the characters and their underlying relationships and tensions. This is not as dull as it sounds! The acting is superb and, if you...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A skillfully performed drama that treats the varieties of musical expression as an effective if unsubtle metaphor for a person's many possible pathways through life.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

A challenging and thought provoking film, its greatest assets being its four outstanding performances.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The leads make sweet music in an affecting four-piece that, if not note perfect, plays well to their individual strengths.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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It would be shortsighted to dismiss this deeply felt, musically savvy film, set in a refined cultural precinct of Manhattan, as sudsy melodrama.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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A movie with clarity and grownup complexity.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Wants to be Bergman, ends up more like a burgundy-hued Sunset Beach.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Strong performances mark a mildly involving tale.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Measured performances from the seasoned cast balance out a script that errs towards the melodramatic.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Zilberman is breaking no new ground, but he gives his actors strong material and room to breathe.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A skillfully performed drama that treats the varieties of musical expression as an effective if unsubtle metaphor for a person's many possible pathways through life.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

A challenging and thought provoking film, its greatest assets being its four outstanding performances.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The leads make sweet music in an affecting four-piece that, if not note perfect, plays well to their individual strengths.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It would be shortsighted to dismiss this deeply felt, musically savvy film, set in a refined cultural precinct of Manhattan, as sudsy melodrama.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A movie with clarity and grownup complexity.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Wants to be Bergman, ends up more like a burgundy-hued Sunset Beach.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Strong performances mark a mildly involving tale.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Measured performances from the seasoned cast balance out a script that errs towards the melodramatic.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Zilberman is breaking no new ground, but he gives his actors strong material and room to breathe.

0

Excellent watching

Seems a new genre has sprung up, dedicated to and about those reaching their later years. The trials and tribs and fun anjd frustration. This combined those elements with classical (a little anyway) music. A very nice watch.

3.0
0

By the way, the real title is A LATE QUARTET.

The film's original title is "A Late Quartet" but was renamed "Performance" for the Australian and NZ market to avoid confusion with Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet". Funnily enough, both films have the same score on Rotten tomatoes, and "Performance" wins by 0,1 on IMDB. A celebrated string quartet finds itself at a crossroads and in danger of disintegration...

4.0
0

Great acting, great music

"Performance" is the story of a world-renowned string quartet whose cellist (and oldest member) is diagnosed with Parkinson's and who is forced to contemplate retirement. As the movie develops, we learn more and more about the characters and their underlying relationships and tensions. This is not as dull as it sounds! The acting is superb and, if you...

4.0
0