The Pianist

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 367 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 367

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  1. stephenc.
    Aug 18, 2005
    2
    This film didn't take an angle to the events of the Holocaust, unless you count the fact that the lead could play a bit of piano. It showed the horror of the time but in a tasteless manner and really brought nothing new to the subject. Adrian Brody put on a sad face for the movie and won an oscar. An awful film.
  2. DavidM.
    Jun 14, 2005
    2
    The film is terribly contrived and appears to be sewn together from pieces of other Holocaust films, taking their drama, their imagery, their violence and their beauty, but leaving behind the reasons why we should care about these things. It's the type of film a Holocaust film enthusist would make, not a historian or a true film maker. I left this film feeling cheated that I never The film is terribly contrived and appears to be sewn together from pieces of other Holocaust films, taking their drama, their imagery, their violence and their beauty, but leaving behind the reasons why we should care about these things. It's the type of film a Holocaust film enthusist would make, not a historian or a true film maker. I left this film feeling cheated that I never developed an understanding of any of the characters or any attachment to what was happening to them. Expand
  3. Christopher
    Apr 13, 2003
    0
    Awful so boring!
  4. BrianH.
    Jan 9, 2003
    1
    Wait, we could do a film about the Holocaust! What a great idea!!
  5. T.P.
    Jan 6, 2003
    3
    A huge disappointment. An incredible story, very rudimentarily told. I was extremely bored during the second half. Did not like it at all. It does not bring anything new.
  6. GabrielP.
    Jan 6, 2003
    0
    No wonder ALL the Holocaust fims get a 10 and an Oscar. Bet this is going to be another one. Polansky is only trying to make amends with Hollywood. Argh.
  7. Shootsy
    Jan 3, 2003
    0
    Undeniable terrible history facts do not necessarily make a great piece of film making. Boring and way overrated.
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. The result is a movie, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner, of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too.
  2. 100
    Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    There are three Poles in The Pianist -- Szpilman, Polanski, and Frederic Chopin. Of the three, fittingly, Chopin speaks the loudest.