The Piano Reviews

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.
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
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.
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.
June 24, 2006
Campion never underestimates the power physical obsession exerts over human souls, and, for once, a modern film treats erotic passion honestly.
May 20, 2003
Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen.
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.
January 1, 2000
The Piano is as peculiar and haunting as any film I've seen.
January 1, 2000
The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.
January 1, 2000
[An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion.
November 19, 1993