A virtuoso piece of filmmaking from a technical and visually aesthetic point of view, but Polanski's choice of emotional distance as his mode and the choice of Szpilman as hero combine to make the film a miscalculated disappointment.
The film clocks in around 2.5 hours. It's hard to watch, but important. You'll leave wanting to hug your family and play a musical instrument -- both with great passion. (Director's Notes included in article).