Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    "Grand Piano" is slightly unbelievable, but it's an entertaining and suspenseful thriller. The acting and the cinematography are great, and the film keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you can get past some of the more unbelievable plot points, you will enjoy this little thriller. Full Review »
  2. Aug 4, 2014
    3
    The core concept of Grand Piano is wonderfully fraught with tension. The notion of a concert pianist making his improbable (albeit begrudging) comeback under such enormous pressure, and then intensifying that pressure ten-fold with the threat of being killed should he play a single wrong note, is practically Hitchcockian. The problem is that the conceit is so structured that screenwriter Damien Chazelle doesn’t have the storytelling acumen to keep the story plausible.

    The comparison to Speed is a accurate one, but it’s also a good exercise in compare-and-contrast. With Speed, the “one false move and your dead” peril is based on active movement (don’t drive the bus slower than 55 MPH), which allows for some of the great set-pieces to naturally evolve: managing that feat in traffic, and with people on the bus, and with a partially unfinished freeway (not to mention an in-motion rescue attempt). With this film, the “one false move and your dead” peril pertains to … Tom’s hands. The only thing he needs to keep moving at the right speed are his hands. Where do you naturally go from there? Chazelle and director Mira answer that question by forcing action – by spreading outward instead of tightening inward – usually to the point of ridiculousness.
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  3. 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
    tense and unpredictable, A+. Full Review »