The Pianist Reviews

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December 28, 2010
True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.
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.
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.
March 14, 2003
The loneliness, guilt and impotence on Brody's face is haunting. His performance is extraordinary.
February 27, 2003
February 21, 2003
Not a celebration of the human spirit, neither demonizing the Germans nor lionizing the Jews, resisting both deceptive moral uplift and despairing moral nihilism, The Pianist is a work of exquisite restraint.
February 4, 2003
The Pianist is a far greater film than Polanski's recent variable track record suggested it might be, a work of sustained tension and ferocious clarity, and as near-perfect a marriage of subject and artist as could be imagined.
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 12, 2003
A wonderful, ghastly film.
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.
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