The Piano Reviews

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October 31, 2018
Campion uses the jaw-dropping beauty of the west coast of New Zealand as the stunning backdrop for her febrile tale of obsession, desire and passion.
October 24, 2018
"The Piano" is dark, Gothic romance at its best. It's a quiet, intensely emotional film, where everything is depressing and beautiful at the same time.
September 6, 2018
From a distance, "The Piano" seems too preposterous for words; but then, as Ada knows all too well, words merely get in the way.
August 15, 2018
It means nothing, and teaches nothing, but it reaches us in some intense and direct way.
June 27, 2018
Hunter's gothic heroine is complemented by Stuart Dryburgh's dark cinematography and gaspingly restrictive widowy petticoats.
June 20, 2018
This is cinema that fills every sense.
June 15, 2018
As tender, remarkable and sincere as drama comes.
June 15, 2018
Hunter's performance is outstanding. So is the film.
June 15, 2018
The film is a masterclass in dramatic structure and rolls through Campion's meticulous screenplay beats with effortless elan, right up to the axe-wielding climax. Almost the perfect film.
March 20, 2018
The Piano is certainly one of the best films of the year and proves without doubt, if we didn't know it already, that Campion is now a major talent.
September 7, 2011
August 26, 2011
[VIDEO] "The Piano" is a powerful film for its slow, inevitable inertia of drama.
August 15, 2011
A melancholy film exploring the despair and passion that arises from difficult situations.
January 1, 2011
Charged tale of a woman's awakening for older teens and up.
August 18, 2009
A stunning mood piece and a haunting adult fairy tale.
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.
March 31, 2008
Happily, the world is now discovering what a small but ardent cult has known all along-that Jane Campion is one of the most splendid filmmakers around.
September 18, 2007
July 14, 2007
Sublime - Holly Hunter's best work.
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.
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