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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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Guy Maddin
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
Shot in HD and wholly embracing the technology, Piano Tuner makes bold leaps into visual domains previously untrodden by filmmakers, even the Quays, but incorporates plenty of their animation and their trademark density of decor. Absolutely entrancing!!!
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2009
The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
blends live action and animation to create a surreal hermetic vision that is as beautifully seductive as it is chillingly inaccessible.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 2, 2007
What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 8, 2007
The story proves to be elusive, and the robotic performances of the cast make it hard to care about any of the characters -- or to try to figure out what's supposed to be going on.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
January 26, 2007
It's one thing to make an audience sweat a bit to ferret out a plot, or piece together visual clues in order to comprehend a film. But it's quite another to dunk such richly imagined pictures in such a thick coat of shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 19, 2007
It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 18, 2007
Beyond that? Not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 12, 2007
It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
The Quay brothers have created a gloriously gorgeous filmwith wondrous set pieces that have been beautifully shot inburnished tones by cinematographer Nic Knowland. It's a dark and disturbing fairy tale that fans of the brothers' work will embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2007
This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 4, 2007
Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
December 8, 2006
Exquisitely detailed, difficult to grasp hold of, and always obscured by molds and corrosions. The Quay Brothers are distinct oddities in the landscape of contemporary cinema.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 7, 2006
Characters slowly whisper their dialogue to one another in scenes that would put the dead to sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 1, 2006
The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006
The music is gorgeously classical and some of the images are memorable and haunting, but experiencing the film is near-torture.
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Kristine McKenna
Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2006
... those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find "The Piano Tuner" to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
November 30, 2006
However much The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes wants to haunt your dreams, it has a better chance of production-designing you to death.
Staci Layne Wilson
November 27, 2006
What if David Lynch had directed The Abominable Dr. Phibes? The result might well have been something along the lines of this Quay Brothers horror art film.
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