The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)
The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001)

Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother in a hermetically sealed world of love-hate and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it makes for rather unpleasant viewing, The Piano Teacher is a riveting and powerful psychosexual drama.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This is a penetrating, deeply disturbing examination of desire and loneliness, of desperation and self-denial.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It is as unlikely that you have ever seen another movie like The Piano Teacher as it is that you will ever want to see another one.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Huppert gives] the single finest performance I have ever seen her give, and therefore almost by default one of the best of the decade.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It is depressing, ruthlessly pained and depraved, the movie equivalent of staring into an open wound.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A striking, brilliant film with extraordinary performances -- and Huppert's acting is heartrending.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

A film of Artaudian cruelty, and a boundary-breaker in the cinema's exploration of its own erotic and artisanal id.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A gripping psychological thriller that, while lacking the power of Funny Games, is still the work of a master.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Is like The Graduate remade by David Lynch; it's no picnic to watch, but you can't look away.

Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

A revolting and shocking work devoid of redemption and purpose.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Formidable! What a performance by Huppert. But grim. Ouch, I had hit pause three times to get through it. Art-house erotica done... again.
Drew Smith
Absolutely electric; a story of a woman's complete inability to assume sexual control and the explosion of neuroses that result. Though quite long -… More
Jim Hunter
A sexually repressed piano teacher falls for one of her students. Isabelle Huppert plays Erica with a reserved but volcanic sexuality that comes through in all… More
William Dunmyer
Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher" is a story about an odd woman (played by the great Isabelle Huppert) who is a tyrannical piano instructor by… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Disturbing and indecent, but a brilliant character dichotomy exploring themes on desires and depression. The Piano Teacher is an honest and daring wild arousal… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
It has the same problems of every single film that Hackneke has made. Manipulatory and artificial, with characters that act more as sock puppets than real… More