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Pianomania Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 4, 2011
It has a pleasing smallness -- it's cinematic chamber music -- that almost makes you overlook its inability to really explain its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
Directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis fail to plumb their subject's frustrations or any other insightful biographical details.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 14, 2011
"Pianomania" is at times engaging but ultimately frustrating; you keep thinking that there's a better documentary nearby, just behind another door.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 31, 2011
A too-dry approach and a lack of actual music renders this documentary strictly for nerds obsessed with the keyboard.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
November 1, 2011
When sitting through this detail-heavy documentary, nonaficionados may feel like they're watching paint dry, albeit in the company of an artist who savors each and every shade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2011
There's a eunuch's melancholy beyond Stefan Knüpfer's humble expertise that might ultimately be the root of his trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 22, 2012
You might not think there is all that much to say about piano tuning, but Pianomania will convince you otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 3, 2011
Mr. Knüpfer makes engaging company both because he keeps enviable company and because he's a full-on geek, though one possessed by pianos.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
November 3, 2011
An amazing glimpse into the rarefied realm of elite musicians, giving audiences a fly-on-the wall perspective to which not even devoted patrons of classical music are often privileged.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 19, 2010
Ninety-three minutes pass like a bar of the "Minute Waltz."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 19, 2010
A captivating film not just for pianomaniacs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 21, 2010
I imagine what makes Knüpfer such a talent is his extrasensory grasp of what each musician needs for each piece and piano. He trusts he can locate that abstract perfect disappearing, and, eventually, so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 21, 2010
Delightfully esoteric doc about Steinway's piano-tuner-in-chief, Stefan Knupfer, and his selfless quest for perfect sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 20, 2010
Pianomania has a likeable subject and offers a fascinating insight into the perfectionism involved in piano tuning...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 20, 2011
A solid, workmanlike look at a profession (piano technician) never before covered in the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 23, 2010
[Highlights] the curious relationship that exists between pianist and tuner, and provides a new appreciation of just how much work goes into creating each note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
June 22, 2011
You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy TheKing of Kong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2011
All those months spent following Knüpfer pay off in this crisis, because the filmmakers have complete access to the most sensitive artistic discussions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 4, 2011
Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary about Stefan Knupfer, the chief technician and master tuner for Steinway & Sons

Daily Express (UK)
August 23, 2010
The unflappable perfectionist works tirelessly to make the tiniest adjustments in tone and shading and he's good company.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2012
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