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The Pianist Reviews

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Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2002
The movie lacks those specific personal moments that pull an audience into a story and let them identify with a character.
Eric D. Snider
January 4, 2003
The filmmakers have fallen prey to the classic syndrome of assuming a story will be interesting just because it is true.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Arthur Lazere
December 26, 2002
A virtuoso piece of filmmaking from a technical and visually aesthetic point of view, but Polanski's choice of emotional distance as his mode and the choice of Szpilman as hero combine to make the film a miscalculated disappointment.
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John Anderson
December 27, 2002
Cartoonish in some parts, ham-handed in others and very un-Polanski.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 2, 2003
Horribly uneven.
| Original Score: C+
Matthew Turner
January 26, 2003
Brody is good and there are one or two impressive sequences, but it's a mystery as to how this won the Palme D'Or.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 19, 2003
Roman Polanski directs The Pianist like a surgeon mends a broken heart; very meticulously but without any passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 16, 2003
Brody is a sublimely haunting presence at the heart of The Pianist.
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 10, 2003
Polanski shows us some surreally devastatrng visions and the film's ultimate "message" is one of unalloyed hope and faith in the power of humans to - finally, at last - behave humanely.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
July 29, 2002
A worthy Holocaust drama and a welcome return to form for Roman Polanski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 3, 2003
This is not a thriller, and avoids any temptation to crank up suspense or sentiment; it is the pianist's witness to what he saw and what happened to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
December 26, 2002
Not since 1974's Chinatown has Polanski reached such dramatic heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 19, 2002
It will break your heart many times over.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 27, 2003
| Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
By comparison, Schindler's List is Pretentious Hollywood crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 17, 2003
The film serves as a valuable time capsule to remind us of the devastating horror suffered by an entire people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
One man's true story set against the Holocaust is a haunting, beautiful tale of humanity, horror and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 23, 2002
This is one of Polanski's best films.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
April 25, 2011
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 13, 2003
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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 6, 2003
The film clocks in around 2.5 hours. It's hard to watch, but important. You'll leave wanting to hug your family and play a musical instrument -- both with great passion. (Director's Notes included in article).
January 3, 2003

Baltimore Sun
January 10, 2003

The Straits Times (Singapore)
April 2, 2003

Film Comment Magazine
August 21, 2004

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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