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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 28, 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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.

January 19, 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
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
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
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
Karen Wilson
Village Voice
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What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 21, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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[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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 17, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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

November 17, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

November 16, 2006
John Anderson
Newsday
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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There's much here to enjoy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006

Hollywood Reporter
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A finely crafted horror film with a devious storyline and hauntingly beautiful production design that together are the stuff of nightmares.

September 10, 2005
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