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Pianomania Reviews

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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
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 19, 2010
A captivating film not just for pianomaniacs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5