The Pianist
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Filmmaker Roman Polanski, who as a boy growing up in Poland watched while the Nazis devastated his country during World War II, directed this downbeat drama based on the true story of a privileged musician who spent five years struggling against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. The Szpilmans have a large and comfortable flat in Warsaw which Wladyslaw shares with his mother and father (Maureen Lipman and Frank Finlay), his sisters Halina and Regina (Jessica Kate Meyer and Julia Rayner), and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Old-fashioned in both visual and narrative style and in its overall restraint, the film clearly benefits from the director's first-hand knowledge of the territory."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"In going home to tell Szpilman's story Polanski seems reborn: once again he's become a filmmaker who matters."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"While the film itself may not live up to the advance hype, Brody exceeds expectations."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"We have been to these ghettos before, seen the skeletons (both alive and dead), smelled the burning. It's not a movie at all for us, is it?"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Brody is a sublimely haunting presence at the heart of The Pianist."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"We admire this film for its harsh objectivity and refusal to seek our tears, our sympathies."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" is the director's finest achievement, and elevates Adrien Brody (Oscar win for Best Actor 2002) to eminence in his representation of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of Warsaw."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Une belle réussite fait menant à une réflexion honnête sur un sujet face auquel on aurait pu croire que tout aavait déjà été dit."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"By comparison, Schindler's List is Pretentious Hollywood crap."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"It's Roman Polanski's strongest and most personally felt movie."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Brody tracks Szpilman's descent from smug celebrity to feral, starving man with uncommon subtlety."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A film that rivals every one of the greatest Holocaust films ever made..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[I]t takes six or seven people to keep one half-dead Jew alive.... Wladyslaw's situation is extraordinary but what's happening on screen doesn't really feel so extraordinary. There's almost no emphasis, no point of view."
‑ Alan Dale,
"The Pianist is a serious movie brought out in a tabloid-besotted time, a prestige picture that invigorates, a study of character and history that knows irony to be a part of life and not the purpose of art."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
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