The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews

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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!!!
March 2, 2007
What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.
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.
January 5, 2007
This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.
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.
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.
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.
November 30, 2006
... those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find "The Piano Tuner" to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
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 21, 2006
What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
August 23, 2006
Snow globe visions and gnarly mouth nightmares swirl together in this darkly lyrical fantasia.
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.
February 9, 2006
There's much here to enjoy.
November 1, 2005
One for fans only.
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