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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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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.
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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Karen Wilson
Village Voice
November 21, 2006
What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway.
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2009
The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 16, 2006
Brilliant in style but empty in substance.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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?
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.
Jamie Woolley
November 1, 2005
One for fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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
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
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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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
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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
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
November 18, 2006
"Eraserhead" without the yucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 18, 2007
Beyond that? Not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 28, 2007
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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