Grand Piano

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    91
    The sheer sly joy of the filmmaking that is on display here is one of the reasons I go to movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Dec 20, 2013
    91
    An expertly timed, painstakingly assembled and endlessly engaging game of cat and mouse, Grand Piano succeeds as a whole for the same reasons that Selznick does—namely, because Mira brings all of its elements to work together in concert, and then executes them like a virtuoso.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 4, 2014
    80
    Making this kind of thriller has all but become a lost art, yet Mira clearly believes that high style is worth bothering with.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Mar 10, 2014
    75
    For all its virtuosic showboating, the film belongs as much to its screenwriter, Damien Chazelle, as it does to its director, Eugenio Mira.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Mar 7, 2014
    75
    A tidy and tension-filled exercise in terror that takes stage fright to literal extremes.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    The ending is a TVish cop-out. But until then, watching Wood sweat emerges as a pulse-pounding experiment in terror.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 13, 2014
    70
    Not all the right notes are hit in Grand Piano, but for an elegantly schizoid B movie, it's more B-sharp than B-flat.
  8. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    Mar 4, 2014
    70
    Wood’s energetic, tightly wound performance carries the movie; his ability to juggle all the different information coming at him — keeping time on the piano while speaking and hitting his cues — is admirable and probably exhausting.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Dec 20, 2013
    70
    The young Spanish director Eugenio Mira and his American screenwriter Damien Chazelle have fun paying homage to the pulpy potboilers of yesteryear.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 5, 2014
    67
    That it all ends on a somewhat flat, false note is less a failure of the filmmakers than it is a testament to a certain amount of overzealousness in the screenplay – which, of course, echoes the nail-gnawing tension unfolding onscreen. Bravo!
  11. 63
    A nail-biting thriller in the classic Hitchcock style.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Feb 28, 2014
    63
    Eugenio Mira thrills in watching his main character attempt to worm his way out of a most unusual hostage situation, synching his indulgences of style to the pianist's wily physical maneuvering.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Grand Piano is a refreshing thriller with taut thrills and smart acting. Grand Piano is the best thriller
    I have seen in years, it is very
    Grand Piano is a refreshing thriller with taut thrills and smart acting. Grand Piano is the best thriller
    I have seen in years, it is very tense and unpredictable, A+.
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  2. Jun 29, 2014
    9
    Surprised at how good this movie is. No boring moments here. Nice blend of music sequences and suspense. The idea of a pianist trying toSurprised at how good this movie is. No boring moments here. Nice blend of music sequences and suspense. The idea of a pianist trying to overcome his fears and at the same time thinking of ways to save his friends while playing ...with a sniper aimed at him is fresh and imaginative. Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2015
    8
    Music fans will be drooling over the beautiful music and setting, while those less interested in music will shrug it off as little more than aMusic fans will be drooling over the beautiful music and setting, while those less interested in music will shrug it off as little more than a guilty pleasure. I however am a music fan, and enjoyed it from the first note to the pounding finale. Full Review »