The Pianist
The Pianist (2002)

An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 27, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted and dramatically moving, The Pianist is Polanski's best work in years.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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David Ansen

In going home to tell Szpilman's story Polanski seems reborn: once again he's become a filmmaker who matters.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Brody is a sublimely haunting presence at the heart of The Pianist.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

We admire this film for its harsh objectivity and refusal to seek our tears, our sympathies.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's Roman Polanski's strongest and most personally felt movie.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Brody tracks Szpilman's descent from smug celebrity to feral, starving man with uncommon subtlety.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A film that rivals every one of the greatest Holocaust films ever made...

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There are very few films of the Holocaust that aren't huge in scope, and often cover the tragedies of that time. "The Pianist" isn't as… More
Graham Jones
A beautiful and moving film. Hightened by Polanski's closeness to the subject and Brody's stellar performance. A must see.
Wildaly M
A fine film; worth watching.
Raymond Wieser
Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann give tremendously haunting performances in Roman Polanski's The Pianist. The film does not seek our tears or… More
jay nixon
Hard to watch and heartrending but also masterfully made.
xGary Xx
Roman Polanski directs the harrowing story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish pianist and Jew who survived the horrors of the holocaust in WWII. Adrian Brody'… More