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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 25, 2006
'The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' is a semi-animated, human-acted fantasy that plays sweetly but takes too long to say too little.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Karen Wilson
Village Voice
November 21, 2006
What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway.
Emanuel Levy
November 20, 2006
The second feature from Quay Brothers, an uneasy, often intriguing foray into live-action from a tesm known for their animated shorts, is a risk-taking experimental film, but despite startling visuals, it's difficult to follow the unclear narrative
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
November 18, 2006
"Eraserhead" without the yucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 17, 2006
[Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is] one of those rare examples of a completely original environment created for the screen. Then people start talking, and the snoozing soon commences.
| Original Score: C
November 17, 2006
[The film] combines live action and their trademark animation into a creepy, glittering object whose dreamlike quality are mesmerizing to a particular kind of sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Timothy Knight
November 17, 2006
While longtime admirers of the brothers' animated shorts and music videos will undoubtedly love it, there's an airless, oppressively stylized quality to the film that ultimately proves more wearying than exhilarating.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 17, 2006
Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2006
It's probably best to approach the Quay Brothers' dreamlike fantasy (which they call 'poetic science-fiction') with the understanding that you'll never quite know what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
November 17, 2006
While The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a handsomely mounted production and not an unintelligent one, it's also emotionally cold and too familiar by half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 16, 2006
Stephen and Timothy Quay merge live-action and animation to create a tragic fantasy about a beautiful opera singer, a lovesick piano tuner and the mad scientist with plans for both of them.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
November 16, 2006
That something as elusive as this gothicized, imagist romance from the curious Quay brothers should be considered their most accessible film might be considered odd. But so might they.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 16, 2006
Brilliant in style but empty in substance.
| Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 16, 2006
Is 'Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' a tease of an anti-movie or, for most, an exercise in empty technique?
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 23, 2006
Snow globe visions and gnarly mouth nightmares swirl together in this darkly lyrical fantasia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Ingenious use of colour and light, but dramatic inertia makes this an infuriating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 18, 2006
The film's poetry, playfulness and pictorial contrivances would perhaps work better in a short film, or sequence of short films. Conventional feature length somehow robs [the Quay brothers] of their lightness and digestibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's much here to enjoy.
Jamie Woolley
November 1, 2005
One for fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 27, 2005
It's a surreal experience, maddeningly incomprehensible and dull, but with an evocative beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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