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The Piano Reviews

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Cole Smithey
August 26, 2011
[VIDEO] "The Piano" is a powerful film for its slow, inevitable inertia of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A melancholy film exploring the despair and passion that arises from difficult situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Charged tale of a woman's awakening for older teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 18, 2009
A stunning mood piece and a haunting adult fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 15, 2008
It's often incorrectly reduced to a feminist fable, but the scope of Jane Campion's achievement is broader. If anything The Piano is a masterwork of humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
July 14, 2007
Sublime - Holly Hunter's best work.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 10, 2007
The fable's surreal imagery and attention to detail, capturing a place and time--New Zealand outpost in 19th century--in which one mute person (the brilliant Holly Hunter) finds the true meaning of womanhood against all odds, linger in memory.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2007
Sweetie and An Angel at My Table have taught us to expect startling as well as beautiful things from Jane Campion, and this assured and provocative third feature (1993) offers yet another lush parable.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Campion never underestimates the power physical obsession exerts over human souls, and, for once, a modern film treats erotic passion honestly.
Matt Mueller
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
The Piano deserves its place as a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2004
Intriguing and thoughtful - a beautiful tone
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 14, 2004
Campion's pet themes and ideas never came together with more physical clarity and emotional resonance than they did with her 1993 masterpiece.
Widgett Walls
August 18, 2003
Amazing, fantastical and incredibly odd. You either love it or you loathe it.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A compelling examination of the wondrously strange ways in which people treat one another, the poetically eccentric accommodations they make to life's incomprehensible cruelty and flashes of brilliant wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
The Piano is the most sense-luscious film to reach the screen in years. It shows how soul is realized through a fusion of body, desire and passion.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
Brilliant. Campion's use of interior and exterior space is amazing.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
Very, very good, but never quite great.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2002
nice but a little overrated; it's all holly
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Piano is a solid motion picture with a universal message and occasional splashes of genius, but it is remarkable only as Holly Hunter's performance is concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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