The Pianist Reviews

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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.
March 14, 2003
The loneliness, guilt and impotence on Brody's face is haunting. His performance is extraordinary.
January 27, 2003
It is unwatchably harrowing. And the images of devastation are positively retina-scorching.
January 16, 2003
Brody is a sublimely haunting presence at the heart of The Pianist.
January 16, 2003
It's Roman Polanski's strongest and most personally felt movie.
January 14, 2003
In going home to tell Szpilman's story Polanski seems reborn: once again he's become a filmmaker who matters.
January 13, 2003
We admire this film for its harsh objectivity and refusal to seek our tears, our sympathies.
January 10, 2003
Brody tracks Szpilman's descent from smug celebrity to feral, starving man with uncommon subtlety.
January 9, 2003
A portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
January 3, 2003
The Pianist is a devastating story of survival, and a tribute to the redemptive powers of art.
January 3, 2003
The Holocaust has been the subject of many films. The Pianist is one of the great ones.
January 3, 2003
It is a chilling account, as barren of emotions as a Samuel Beckett play, and yet it is indescribably moving.
January 3, 2003
The Pianist breaks no new ground, but serves as a strong reminder of one of mankind's truly awful moments.
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.
January 3, 2003
Polanski's achievement here is to avoid the Holocaust porn of post-Schindler's List cinema and show us the ghetto's daily grind.
January 3, 2003
In creating his one-man epic, Polanski takes us beyond the horror of evil or the banality of evil. He takes us into its hideous absurdity.
January 3, 2003
A near-masterpiece.
January 3, 2003
The brilliance of The Pianist, a film that stands with any of the great dramas about the Holocaust, is not that its story is so unbelievable, but that it is so relentlessly matter-of-fact.
January 3, 2003
Really not a movie that can be missed.
January 3, 2003
If The Pianist isn't great, it has touches of greatness in it.
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