The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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June 7, 2009
The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title.
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.
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.
January 18, 2007
Beyond that? Not much.
January 5, 2007
This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.
December 7, 2006
Characters slowly whisper their dialogue to one another in scenes that would put the dead to sleep.
December 1, 2006
The music is gorgeously classical and some of the images are memorable and haunting, but experiencing the film is near-torture.
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.
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.
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
November 18, 2006
"Eraserhead" without the yucks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2006
Brilliant in style but empty in substance.
November 16, 2006
Is 'Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' a tease of an anti-movie or, for most, an exercise in empty technique?
April 1, 2006
Ingenious use of colour and light, but dramatic inertia makes this an infuriating experience.
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.
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