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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    With the film's hypnotic emphasis on artistry and architecture, most viewers will probably get their satisfaction from the striking visual elements, particularly the stop-motion animation. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The film is about vanity and pride, and the caging of beauty. Its elaborate fabrication has an intoxicating quality that captures the imagination like all good horror stories. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    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. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Seething with suggestions of perverse pleasures and inchoate horror, this dark fairy tale won't win the Pennsylvania-born, London-based Quay brothers any new fans -- it plays to the converted, and the converted know who they are. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Their film is a fiendishly detailed toy -- the sort found at the back of a forgotten museum -- and while the shadow play it presents is an old and eternal one, you never cease to hear the whirr of the gears. show more

  • 40
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    By the end of the 99 minute running time, there is a terrible sense of been-there/done-that. And for artists of the Quays' caliber, that is a huge mistake. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon. show more

  • 58
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    The result is a cast of characters who are little better than automatons themselves. This wouldn't be a problem if the rest of the film were as captivating as it was surely meant to be. Instead, the Quays work overtime to make both their story line and images as obscure as possible. show more

  • 100
    Los Angeles Times

    Those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find The Piano Tuner to be nothing short of a masterpiece. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Flaunting elements of "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Island of Lost Souls," the movie, with its haunting, claustrophobic environment, allows the living and the merely lifelike to interact with an eerie beauty. show more

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