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The Pianist Reviews

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December 28, 2010
True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 26, 2009
Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" is the director's finest achievement, and elevates Adrien Brody (Oscar win for Best Actor 2002) to eminence in his representation of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 29, 2009
A film that rivals every one of the greatest Holocaust films ever made...
February 1, 2009
While the film itself may not live up to the advance hype, Brody exceeds expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 4, 2007
Une belle réussite fait menant à une réflexion honnête sur un sujet face auquel on aurait pu croire que tout aavait déjà été dit.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 22, 2006
[I]t takes six or seven people to keep one half-dead Jew alive.... Wladyslaw's situation is extraordinary but what's happening on screen doesn't really feel so extraordinary. There's almost no emphasis, no point of view.
February 9, 2006
Old-fashioned in both visual and narrative style and in its overall restraint, the film clearly benefits from the director's first-hand knowledge of the territory.
January 4, 2006
We have been to these ghettos before, seen the skeletons (both alive and dead), smelled the burning. It's not a movie at all for us, is it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 30, 2005
By comparison, Schindler's List is Pretentious Hollywood crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 3, 2005
The Pianist is a serious movie brought out in a tabloid-besotted time, a prestige picture that invigorates, a study of character and history that knows irony to be a part of life and not the purpose of art.
January 15, 2005
I get the feeling that Polanski is expressing through this movie how he deals with such painful scars, haunting memories, and lasting grief.
Read More | Original Score: A+
October 10, 2004
Polanski, like so many performers and artists' managers of the present day, makes the classic mistake of not trusting the art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2004
As a result of the attention to detail and commitment of Polanski and Brody, this is a harrowing, realistic story of what it was like to live in the Warsaw Ghetto and under Nazi occupation.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 4, 2004
As someone whose Holocaust memories are burned into his psyche, Polanski finds the no-frills truth in this devastated landscape.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2003
I'm not sure if the problem is a lack of connecting episodes or the inability to perfect Adrien Brody as a spellbinding figure of solitude. Whatever the deficiency, the movie feels exhausted well before its footage reaches a fade-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 1, 2003
The fact that the director never once caves into easy sentiment or cheap hectoring is almost as amazing as the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 26, 2003
As the ghetto atrocities increase, Roman Polanski gets to the core of his brilliance as a director - his ability to balance the film's exterior nightmares with Szpilman's internal hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 10, 2003
. . .the film grasps the most torturous time in the world's history with monumental levels of emotion and pathos.
June 8, 2003
Emotional engagement has never been one of Polanski's strong suits, but the film succeeds in spite of that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2003
It's the rare film which can still grab your attention months after viewing, and The Pianist was one of them.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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