The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) Reviews

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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.
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?
October 18, 2002
Will leave audiences cold and not a little depressed.
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
August 16, 2002
The Piano Teacher is the sort of movie that discourages American audiences from ever wanting to see another foreign film.
July 11, 2002
The Piano Teacher does not have a sentimental bone in its body, and is smugly difficult for this reason.
June 21, 2002
Although Huppert's intensity and focus has a raw exhilaration about it, The Piano Teacher is anything but fun.
June 21, 2002
It may be a prize winner, but Teacher is a bomb.
June 17, 2002
Haneke's script (from Elfriede Jelinek's novel) is contrived, unmotivated, and psychologically unpersuasive, with an inconclusive ending.
June 11, 2002
Maybe a more creative mind than mine could have made sense out of "The Piano Teacher"
May 10, 2002
Huppert's candid courage is breathaking, but Erika is a monster who slimes everything.
May 3, 2002
Taken as a straight drama, not everything in the film makes sense.
April 25, 2002
Once one experiences Mr. Haneke's own sadistic tendencies toward his audience, one is left with a sour taste in one's mouth, and little else.
April 8, 2002
... a pretentious and ultimately empty examination of a sick and evil woman.
April 1, 2002
The Piano Teacher, like its title character, is repellantly out of control.
March 30, 2002
March 29, 2002
Leaves viewers out in the cold and undermines some phenomenal performances.
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