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They Came to Play (2010)

They Came to Play (2010)

They Came to Play




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Every year, the Van Cliburn Association hosts an international piano contest specifically for amateurs. This documentary showcases some of the people who compete in the endeavor, many of whom face remarkable struggles in order to do so. There are AIDS patients, drug addicts, and political refugees who not only survive their circumstances, but use their experiences to breathe life into their music.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for They Came to Play

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The proficiency they display at the keyboard is thrilling to see; whatever your own hobby is, you are likely to be awed by how much better these people are at theirs.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

A welcome twist on the now-ubiquitous kiddie competition doc.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

The only thing amateur about the film are the players, though they are all winners. Meanwhile, They Came to Play inspires in the best documentary fashion.

Full Review… | July 11, 2015
Film Threat

Delightfully entertaining, heartfelt and inspirational. It will keep you at the edge of your seat while making you cheer, laugh and feel genuinely awestruck by the sheer beauty of each piano performance.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

See this soulful doc about a piano competition and you'll never again think that "amateur" means "less than professional."

Full Review… | August 5, 2010

Audience Reviews for They Came to Play

A passing documentary.

If you don't mind listening to piano music for two hours (I watched this while doing chores), than it should be a fairly decent viewing.

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