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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the great Holocaust films. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    With this 2002 Cannes Film Festival best-picture winner, Polanski skips the quirky flourishes and simply brings history to life. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Astonishing visually and problematic dramatically. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The power of the arts to transcend cultural differences is presumably what moves the German to spare Szpilman, and, perhaps, is the key to Polanski's salvation as well. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A great movie on a powerful, essential subject -- the Holocaust years in Poland -- directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    There are three Poles in The Pianist -- Szpilman, Polanski, and Frederic Chopin. Of the three, fittingly, Chopin speaks the loudest. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Roman Polanski's new movie may be the greatest historical film centered on an enigmatic character since Lawrence of Arabia. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The closing scenes of the movie involve Szpilman's confrontation with a German captain named Wilm Hosenfeld -- Polanski's direction of this scene, his use of pause and nuance, is masterful. show more

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  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Polanski's finest IMO. Great film.

  • August 26, 2008 natalie
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    I have seen this movie a number of times- it is very well acted -- it really showed horrors of the holocaust well ( although in actuality things were worse that this movie depicts) Highly rated. Another must see

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