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Grand Piano (2014)

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

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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) Magnet

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Cast

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 (60) | Top Critics (12)

Preposterous, but much anxious fun.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Newsday
Top Critic

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

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

Not all the right notes are hit in "Grand Piano," but for an elegantly schizoid B movie, it's more B-sharp than B-flat.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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"Grand Piano" is a tidy and tension-filled exercise in terror that takes stage fright to literal extremes.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Once you accept that "Grand Piano" is B-movie pulp, there's a certain amount of fun to be had. This proudly old-fashioned movie will pull any trick in the book to hold your attention.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Times
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Grand Piano is a screenwriter's fantasy of a self-conscious Hitchcockian thriller, daringly written, improbably made - and more unbelievably made well.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
NPR
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Audience Reviews for Grand Piano

½

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
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
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
Manu Gino

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