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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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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
November 21, 2006
What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway.
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
November 18, 2006
"Eraserhead" without the yucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | 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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2006
Brilliant in style but empty in substance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2006
Is 'Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' a tease of an anti-movie or, for most, an exercise in empty technique?
August 23, 2006
Snow globe visions and gnarly mouth nightmares swirl together in this darkly lyrical fantasia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2006
Ingenious use of colour and light, but dramatic inertia makes this an infuriating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
February 9, 2006
There's much here to enjoy.
November 1, 2005
One for fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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