The Pianist

The Pianist
The Pianist
  • R
  • 2h 29m
  • 2002
Certified Fresh95%
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Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist, stars Oscar® winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, triumphant film follows Szpilman's heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help of a sympathetic German officer. A truly unforgettable epic, testifying to both the power of hope and the resiliency of the human spirit, The Pianist is a miraculous tale of survival masterfully brought to life by visionary filmmaker, Roman Polanski, in his most personal movie ever.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and dramatically moving, The Pianist is Polanski's best work in years.
Reviews
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Old-fashioned in both visual and narrative style and in its overall restraint, the film clearly be...

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Almar Haflidason
Fresh

June 17, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

The loneliness, guilt and impotence on Brody's face is haunting. His performance is extraordinary.

June 17, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It is unwatchably harrowing. And the images of devastation are positively retina-scorching.

June 17, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
Fresh

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

January 24, 2018
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Common Sense Says
Powerful true story of a Jewish pianist has brutal violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Pianist is a 2002 Oscar-winning movie about a young Jewish musician living in Warsaw desperately trying to make sense of the Nazi invasion of his country and the subsequent degradations, the creation of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the madness that led to the Holocaust. There is graphic violence, but unlike so many movies in which violence is shown simply to add surface-level excitement to an otherwise formulaic Hollywood blockbuster, the violence is intended to reveal a glimpse of the real-life horrors European Jews endured at the hands of the Nazis during World War II and to leave audiences with the conviction that atrocities and genocide such as this must never happen again. Nonetheless, the violence is graphic: Men and women are shot in the head for little to no reason, a man in a wheelchair is tossed off a balcony, a man lying injured in the road is run over by a tank. There is also the wartime violence of machine-gun battles, bombed-out cities, explosions, and casualties. Profanity includes "f--k" and "s--t." The movie should inspire thought and discussion on the extremes of evil and good in humankind, the individual acts of heroism undertaken by those whose names will never make the history books, and the transcendent and unifying nature of music and art.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 27, 2002
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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