• R, 2 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Roman Polanski
    In Theaters:
    Dec 27, 2002 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 27, 2003
  • Focus Features


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The Pianist Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 28, 2010
Cole Smithey

Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" is the director's finest achievement, and elevates Adrien Brody (Oscar win for Best Actor 2002) to eminence in his representation of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

May 26, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A film that rivals every one of the greatest Holocaust films ever made...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Michael Dequina

While the film itself may not live up to the advance hype, Brody exceeds expectations.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2009

Une belle réussite fait menant à une réflexion honnête sur un sujet face auquel on aurait pu croire que tout aavait déjà été dit.

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 8/10

July 4, 2007
Alan Dale

[I]t takes six or seven people to keep one half-dead Jew alive.... Wladyslaw's situation is extraordinary but what's happening on screen doesn't really feel so extraordinary. There's almost no emphasis, no point of view.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

March 22, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Old-fashioned in both visual and narrative style and in its overall restraint, the film clearly benefits from the director's first-hand knowledge of the territory.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jordan Hiller

We have been to these ghettos before, seen the skeletons (both alive and dead), smelled the burning. It's not a movie at all for us, is it?

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 4, 2006
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

By comparison, Schindler's List is Pretentious Hollywood crap.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 30, 2005
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

The Pianist is a serious movie brought out in a tabloid-besotted time, a prestige picture that invigorates, a study of character and history that knows irony to be a part of life and not the purpose of art.

March 3, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I get the feeling that Polanski is expressing through this movie how he deals with such painful scars, haunting memories, and lasting grief.

| Original Score: A+

January 15, 2005

Polanski, like so many performers and artists' managers of the present day, makes the classic mistake of not trusting the art.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2004
Tony Medley

As a result of the attention to detail and commitment of Polanski and Brody, this is a harrowing, realistic story of what it was like to live in the Warsaw Ghetto and under Nazi occupation.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 10/10

October 7, 2004
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

As someone whose Holocaust memories are burned into his psyche, Polanski finds the no-frills truth in this devastated landscape.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 4, 2004
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

The fact that the director never once caves into easy sentiment or cheap hectoring is almost as amazing as the story itself.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 1, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

As the ghetto atrocities increase, Roman Polanski gets to the core of his brilliance as a director - his ability to balance the film's exterior nightmares with Szpilman's internal hell.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

June 26, 2003
Susan Michals

. . .the film grasps the most torturous time in the world's history with monumental levels of emotion and pathos.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

June 10, 2003
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Emotional engagement has never been one of Polanski's strong suits, but the film succeeds in spite of that.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 8, 2003
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews

It's the rare film which can still grab your attention months after viewing, and The Pianist was one of them.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 11, 2003
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

It's not easy to watch. But you'll be a better person for having done so.

Full Review | Original Score: A

May 9, 2003
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