Grand Piano

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Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

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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, TomTom 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

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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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Mar 7, 2014
    75
    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
    60
    Some inspired grace notes elevate a thriller that's more De Palma than Hitchcock.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 4, 2014
    60
    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
    20
    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: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  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. Expand
  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. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2014
    7
    I was generally surprised from how good this film was, Its suspenseful, Well acted & very well directed, All though I did think the lastI 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
  5. Dec 18, 2015
    7
    Grand Piano is a very well done thriller that keeps you watching closely for the hints at what is really going on, but doesn't even reallyGrand Piano is a very well done thriller that keeps you watching closely for the hints at what is really going on, but doesn't even really fully hint at it until the last scene. It's still a good film with a good performance from Elijah Wood and bleak outcomes for most of his co stars, but I felt like John Cusack was the wrong pick for the intimidating sniper. Good thriller nevertheless. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    "Grand Piano" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Elijah Wood and John Cusack (mostly in a voice only role) were outstanding and
    "Grand Piano" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Elijah Wood and John Cusack (mostly in a voice only role) were outstanding and somehow made this work. Cusack was more than adequately menacing as a villainous voice over the phone. Wood was up to the task and did an amazing job making you care about his character and hope he and those he loves makes it through this. I was dubious going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. A very tense film that ends up being a pretty good thriller.

    The Bad: The great performances and excellent tone can't completely overcome the premise. Despite making it work, it is still an absolutely absurd idea.
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  7. May 27, 2014
    2
    A truly terrible film with a ludicrous plot and dreadful acting, most notably from John Cusack who delivers the weakest performance of hisA 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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