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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
EricDSnider.com
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
culturevulture.net
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
Newsday
December 27, 2002
Cartoonish in some parts, ham-handed in others and very un-Polanski.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 2, 2003
Horribly uneven.
| Original Score: C+
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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.
Read More | 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 ReviewRead More | 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
ReelViews
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
Read More | 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
Netflix
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.
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