91

The Playlist

By Todd Gilchrist
An expertly timed, painstakingly assembled and endlessly engaging game of cat and mouse, Grand Piano succeeds as a whole for the same reasons that Selznick does—namely, because Mira brings all of its elements to work together in concert, and then executes them like a virtuoso.
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80

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Making this kind of thriller has all but become a lost art, yet Mira clearly believes that high style is worth bothering with.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
A tidy and tension-filled exercise in terror that takes stage fright to literal extremes.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The ending is a TVish cop-out. But until then, watching Wood sweat emerges as a pulse-pounding experiment in terror.
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70

Film.com

Wood’s energetic, tightly wound performance carries the movie; his ability to juggle all the different information coming at him — keeping time on the piano while speaking and hitting his cues — is admirable and probably exhausting.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Dalton
The young Spanish director Eugenio Mira and his American screenwriter Damien Chazelle have fun paying homage to the pulpy potboilers of yesteryear.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
That it all ends on a somewhat flat, false note is less a failure of the filmmakers than it is a testament to a certain amount of overzealousness in the screenplay – which, of course, echoes the nail-gnawing tension unfolding onscreen. Bravo!
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63

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Eugenio Mira thrills in watching his main character attempt to worm his way out of a most unusual hostage situation, synching his indulgences of style to the pianist's wily physical maneuvering.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
A nail-biting thriller in the classic Hitchcock style.
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60

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
To its credit and sometimes detriment, Grand Piano keeps a frothing-at-the-mouth level of insane melodrama going for 75 minutes, aided by Wood’s sweaty, terrified performance, a screenplay rich in ridiculous contrivances, and a swooping camera that never stands still.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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