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.
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
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 10, 2002
An unflinching view into sexual sadism, starkly contrasted against a background of Rachmaninov, Schubert and Bach.
August 30, 2002
A gripping psychological thriller that, while lacking the power of Funny Games, is still the work of a master.
August 16, 2002
It is as unlikely that you have ever seen another movie like The Piano Teacher as it is that you will ever want to see another one.
July 20, 2002
A striking, brilliant film with extraordinary performances -- and Huppert's acting is heartrending.
July 16, 2002
Huppert gives Erika a persona that is so intriguing that you find yourself staring hypnotically at her, trying to understand her and wondering if she'll crack.
July 14, 2002
Disturbing yet provocative.
July 13, 2002
To get at the root psychology of this film would require many sessions on the couch of Dr. Freud.
July 9, 2002
A frustrating exercise in the hormonal detours of human nature.
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