The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) Reviews

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February 20, 2019
For a director who's often raged against the manipulations of Hollywood, Haneke is as gifted a puppetmaster as Steven Spielberg.
February 20, 2019
The film veers into wildly compelling -- and unsettling -- territory.
May 11, 2018
Both director and actor were clear on their intentions from the start, and this alignment produced a movie that holds up as one of the best arthouse films of the last 20 years, with a nearly unmatched quiet kind of intensity.
January 27, 2018
The acting awards are utterly perplexing: Benoit Magimel's transformation in the final act smells fake. and Isabelle Huppert's piano teacher is the nearest to a one-note performance she's given in 20 years.
February 10, 2010
[Huppert gives] the single finest performance I have ever seen her give, and therefore almost by default one of the best of the decade.
December 30, 2006
July 28, 2006
A film of Artaudian cruelty, and a boundary-breaker in the cinema's exploration of its own erotic and artisanal id.
December 6, 2005
August 13, 2004
A revolting and shocking work devoid of redemption and purpose.
February 13, 2003
If genital mutilation, rape, incest and twisted acts of sexual gratification are your thing, then this is the film for you. Any takers?
January 30, 2003
It's a harrowing, difficult film that's only for the most adventurous art-house movie fans.
December 24, 2002
November 20, 2002
[Isabelle Huppert] outdoes herself.
November 4, 2002
This is a penetrating, deeply disturbing examination of desire and loneliness, of desperation and self-denial.
October 18, 2002
Will leave audiences cold and not a little depressed.
October 10, 2002
An unflinching view into sexual sadism, starkly contrasted against a background of Rachmaninov, Schubert and Bach.
September 19, 2002
Haneke keeps us at arm's length. Guided more by intellect than heart, his story flattens instead of sharpens.
September 19, 2002
It is depressing, ruthlessly pained and depraved, the movie equivalent of staring into an open wound.
September 18, 2002
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