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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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Guy Maddin
Film Comment Magazine

Shot in HD and wholly embracing the technology, Piano Tuner makes bold leaps into visual domains previously untrodden by filmmakers, even the Quays, but incorporates plenty of their animation and their trademark density of decor. Absolutely entrancing!!!

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 19, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

June 7, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

blends live action and animation to create a surreal hermetic vision that is as beautifully seductive as it is chillingly inaccessible.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

August 2, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The story proves to be elusive, and the robotic performances of the cast make it hard to care about any of the characters -- or to try to figure out what's supposed to be going on.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2007
Marc Mohan

It's one thing to make an audience sweat a bit to ferret out a plot, or piece together visual clues in order to comprehend a film. But it's quite another to dunk such richly imagined pictures in such a thick coat of shadow.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

January 26, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.

January 19, 2007
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Beyond that? Not much.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 18, 2007
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The Quay brothers have created a gloriously gorgeous filmwith wondrous set pieces that have been beautifully shot inburnished tones by cinematographer Nic Knowland. It's a dark and disturbing fairy tale that fans of the brothers' work will embrace.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2007
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

Exquisitely detailed, difficult to grasp hold of, and always obscured by molds and corrosions. The Quay Brothers are distinct oddities in the landscape of contemporary cinema.

Full Review Source: Reverse Shot

December 8, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Characters slowly whisper their dialogue to one another in scenes that would put the dead to sleep.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 1, 2006
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The music is gorgeously classical and some of the images are memorable and haunting, but experiencing the film is near-torture.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 1, 2006
Kristine McKenna
Los Angeles Times
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... those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find "The Piano Tuner" to be nothing short of a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 30, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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However much The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes wants to haunt your dreams, it has a better chance of production-designing you to death.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 30, 2006
Staci Layne Wilson

What if David Lynch had directed The Abominable Dr. Phibes? The result might well have been something along the lines of this Quay Brothers horror art film.

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November 27, 2006
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