The Piano
The Piano (1993)

Writer/director Jane Campion's third feature unearthed emotional undercurrents and churning intensity in the story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times. Ada McGrath (Holly… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 19, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Powered by Holly Hunter's main performance, The Piano is a truth-seeking romance played in the key of erotic passion.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sweetie and An Angel at My Table have taught us to expect startling as well as beautiful things from Jane Campion, and this assured and provocative third feature (1993) offers yet another lush parable.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

[An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] "The Piano" is a powerful film for its slow, inevitable inertia of drama.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Campion never underestimates the power physical obsession exerts over human souls, and, for once, a modern film treats erotic passion honestly.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Piano is as peculiar and haunting as any film I've seen.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A melancholy film exploring the despair and passion that arises from difficult situations.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.

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David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Charged tale of a woman's awakening for older teens and up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin deliver two terrific performances in this beautiful, haunting story that Campion carries off with sheer sensitivity and in a… More
Spencer S.
This beautiful period piece tells an erotic and yet subdued story, set in the vivid backdrop of New Zealand, and featuring a thoughtfully picked cast of… More
Wildaly M
An intense and emotional film. The performances are excellent.
Kevin M. Williams
Haunting, passionate, moody, and poetic, Campion's original take on an Victorian era arranged marriage includes the interesting sexual dynamics between… More
Alex roy
Astounding drama, The Piano is a near perfect picture that boasts an incredible cast of talented actors and has a terrific, well executed storyline. This film… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
3 Academy Awards winning movie of 1993 for Best Original Screenplay, Best Leading Actress (Holly Hunter), and Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin)... The… More