What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.
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.
This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge.
... those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find "The Piano Tuner" to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
However much The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes wants to haunt your dreams, it has a better chance of production-designing you to death.
What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway.
[Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is] one of those rare examples of a completely original environment created for the screen. Then people start talking, and the snoozing soon commences.
| Original Score: C
Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's probably best to approach the Quay Brothers' dreamlike fantasy (which they call 'poetic science-fiction') with the understanding that you'll never quite know what's going on.
Stephen and Timothy Quay merge live-action and animation to create a tragic fantasy about a beautiful opera singer, a lovesick piano tuner and the mad scientist with plans for both of them.
| Original Score: 4/5
That something as elusive as this gothicized, imagist romance from the curious Quay brothers should be considered their most accessible film might be considered odd. But so might they.
There's much here to enjoy.
A finely crafted horror film with a devious storyline and hauntingly beautiful production design that together are the stuff of nightmares.