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Grand Piano (2014)



Critic Consensus: Grand Piano is so tense in its best moments -- and appealingly strange overall -- that it remains rewarding in spite of its flaws.

Movie Info

Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing... --(C) Magnetmore
Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Damien Chazelle
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2014
Magnet Releasing - Official Site


Elijah Wood
as Tom Selznick
Kerry Bishé
as Emma Selznick
Alex Winter
as Assistant
Dee Wallace
as Marjorie Green
Don R. McManus
as Reisinger
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Critic Reviews for Grand Piano

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (11)

Preposterous, but much anxious fun.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Top Critic

"Grand Piano" is an ambitious effort that plays dumb.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

...quite engaging for the duration of its 90 minutes.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Entertainingly preposterous ...

Full Review… | September 21, 2014
Observer (UK)

It's ridiculously far-fetched, and classical concertgoers will wince at the script's wilful blunders, but flamboyant camerawork and a delicious streak of dark humour make it ridiculously enjoyable, too.

Full Review… | September 20, 2014
Movie Talk

The tension fizzles once the reasons for the gunman's motives become evident. A shame, as it's an intriguing conceit.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Grand Piano


Tense enough and with some good moments here and there, this thriller manages to entertain despite (or because of) its heavy-handed direction and a ludicrous plot whose greatest problems include a villain whose motives are ridiculous and a lame third act where little makes sense.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A spectacular thriller worthy of the works of Alfred Hitchcock. A hugely entertaining cat and mouse thriller that has your spellbound. It's a thrilling tour de force. An instant classic. An extremely well-made, sharply written and dazzlingly performed film. A virtuoso piece of riveting work by Director, Eugenio Mira. An absorbing and claustrophobic mind-grabber. An utterly compelling and truly chilling edge of your seat ride. It grabs you at the start and refuses to let go even at the end. Elijah Wood gives a mature, gripping and sensational performance. It's great to see Wood in an adult role such as this and he nails it. John Cusack is brilliantly menacing, he is barely seen but he leaves a chilling impact with his performance.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Play or Die.

Good Film! Grand Piano can easily be described as Phone Booth in a concert with some speed thrown in for good measure. It goes for the enclosed race against time plot line to deliver its thrills and it succeeds somewhat thanks to a game Elijah Wood and some good direction. It's a solid thriller and contains some very nice cinematography and set design, however, the end was not satisfying enough. It left too many questions open. It was meant to be left open, yet didn't come across that well. Overall, it's a competent movie. There's enough thrills to make it entertaining, but it lacks real suspense and a strong ending to match the premise.

Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Grand Piano Quotes

Clem: That's the entry wound of a Rochester 47 automatic with scope-laser aim and silencer. The most precise weapon on the market. And the quietest. Now you know the meaning of stage fright.
– Submitted by John T (2 years ago)

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