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

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The music is arguably the weakest element here but considering current world events, there are plenty of chords that sound a resonating reminder of a tyrannical regime left unchecked.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

May 7, 2003
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)

The best movie 2002 had to offer.

Full Review Source: KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX) | Original Score: A+

April 7, 2003
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

(Brody's] performance is a marvel of wary tenacity and unquenchable humanity.

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

April 5, 2003
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

A haunting tale of survival that helps us to further understand a horrifying and unforgettable chapter in our constantly checkered history.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2003
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Utiliza un estilo clásico, directo, con mucha atención al detalle y a los efectos individuales de un infierno colectivo.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total

March 22, 2003

'El Pianista es, sin duda alguna, la obra maestra de Polanski. Es una visión humana de un hecho inhumano, un recordatorio de que el espíritu del hombre es más grande que cualquier conflicto.'

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 19, 2003
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)

In ways, it's more effective than even Spielberg's Schindler's List... Polanski's work is more of a personal and therapeutic experience for him, going back to his Polish roots in the midst of the horror that he and his family witnessed firsthand.

March 17, 2003
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

The loneliness, guilt and impotence on Brody's face is haunting. His performance is extraordinary.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

March 14, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

POWERFUL seems too small a word to describe The Pianist, a masterpiece from a master film-maker.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 5/5

March 9, 2003
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Sem se preocupar em criar momentos melodramáticos para arrancar lágrimas do espectador, O Pianista é um filme triste sem que, para isso, precise ser emocionante.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

March 8, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A strong script, powerful direction and splendid production design allows us to be transported into the life of Wladyslaw Szpilman, who is not only a pianist, but a good human being.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 8, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

...An absolute must-see for anyone who cares about history and what the cinema can do to document it.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 5/5

March 6, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

At almost two and a half hours, Ronald Harwood's screenplay occasionally drags. At the same time, Brody's straightforward portrayal of Szpilman and Polanski's unblinking eye make for a number of gripping, undeniably powerful sequences...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

February 28, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Polanski's anger and sadness emanate from virtually every frame.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 26, 2003
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Not a celebration of the human spirit, neither demonizing the Germans nor lionizing the Jews, resisting both deceptive moral uplift and despairing moral nihilism, The Pianist is a work of exquisite restraint.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A+

February 21, 2003
Doris Toumarkine
Hollywood.com

Roman Polanski reminds why he is one of the world's greatest living filmmakers.

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

February 17, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

"The Pianist" is a testament that truth is stranger, and far more moving, than fiction.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 15, 2003
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

If this film doesn't inspire you, nothing will.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 13, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

One man's true story set against the Holocaust is a haunting, beautiful tale of humanity, horror and hope.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

February 11, 2003

Brody is in nearly every frame of the film, and he must not only carry the film's heart, but also its soul and mind. We must feel his agonies, and we do.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 10, 2003
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