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  • Summary: Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood), the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    The sheer sly joy of the filmmaking that is on display here is one of the reasons I go to movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 4, 2014
    Making this kind of thriller has all but become a lost art, yet Mira clearly believes that high style is worth bothering with.
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Mar 7, 2014
    A tidy and tension-filled exercise in terror that takes stage fright to literal extremes.
  4. 63
    A nail-biting thriller in the classic Hitchcock style.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Sep 15, 2014
    Some inspired grace notes elevate a thriller that's more De Palma than Hitchcock.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 4, 2014
    This is hardly a symphony of terror, but it’s still a solidly composed exercise in suspense.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 6, 2014
    When people complain about movies glutting the market, this moronic “Black Swan”-meets-“Phone Booth” thriller is what they mean.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    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+. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    One of the most intense, well acted thrillers I've seen in a while.
  3. Jul 16, 2014
    Grand Piano is a very cool thriller similar to Phone Booth. The movie has thrills galore and clever acting
    from the main actors. I wish more
    movies could be made like Phone Booth in different settings, these
    settings are always effective.
  4. Mar 15, 2014
    "Grand Piano" is an intense, edge of your seat film that will leave you nauseated and mind shuttered. Despite, the film falls short on story, you don't who's who and why, but it was up to the satisfactory level, it left it to the viewer so it did not create any problems worth discussing. "Grand Piano" is one of the best films of 2014, it has great acting, great execution and plot. I highly recommend it. Collapse
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    "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. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2014
    I was generally surprised from how good this film was, Its suspenseful, Well acted & very well directed, All though I did think the last quarter of the film was not as great as the rest of the movie, Overall grand piano is a very solidly good movie. Expand
  7. May 27, 2014
    A truly terrible film with a ludicrous plot and dreadful acting, most notably from John Cusack who delivers the weakest performance of his career. The script is wooden and the direction is dire. Expand

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