The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006)

The Brothers Quay return for their first film in a decade with this live-action story of an 19th-century opera singer who is murdered on-stage shortly before her upcoming wedding. Soon after being slain by the nefarious Dr. Emmanuel Droz… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though visually stunning and brilliantly original, the film fails to resonate emotionally.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.

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Guy Maddin
Film Comment Magazine

Shot in HD and wholly embracing the technology, Piano Tuner makes bold leaps into visual domains previously untrodden by filmmakers, even the Quays, but incorporates plenty of their animation and their trademark density of decor. Absolutely entrancing!!!

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

blends live action and animation to create a surreal hermetic vision that is as beautifully seductive as it is chillingly inaccessible.

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